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Lake rescue merits medal for sailors

US Sailing awarded the Hanson Rescue Medal to two crews who saved three lives in an incident July 23, 2010 on Huntington Lake near Fresno, Calif. A day before the 2010 Huntington Lake Yacht Club's annual regatta, Don Whelan and his crew, Alan Johnson in their 18-foot Mercury Class racing sailboat were practicing against another boat skippered by Richard Whiteley and crewed by Kate Wall.

Their tune-up exercises ended when the four sailors heard shouts for help from the water in the distance. They could see an individual shouting and waving from a small rock island 100 yards off shore. They also saw three people in the water close to the island and clearly in distress.

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