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Injured sailor airlifted to hospital

A Spanish coast guard helicopter lifted U.S. sailor Jeff MacFarlane off the deck of his stricken 21-foot Mini and transported him to the Hospital Mateu Orfila on the island of Menorca, where a cast was put on his left hand, which has multiple broken bones.

The rescued happened at about 7:30 p.m. on April 25.

The following morning the vessel was located approximately 15 miles from the island of Menorca and the Coast Guard towed it to shore where it will be hauled and a determination made as to if the boat is salvageable.

This will be critical in deciding if MacFarlane, ranked No. 1 in the Mini class, will need to postpone his dream of being the first American in more than 30 years to win the fabled Mini-Transat race.

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