Sailor rescued after rudderless boat capsizes

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A Canadian sailor was rescued by the Coast Guard last weekend after he abandoned his sailboat 55 miles west of North Carolina's Fort Bragg.

At 6:55 p.m., the Coast Guard received a mayday broadcast from the sailing vessel Amica after the 27-foot boat lost its rudder and was knocked over by steep waves and gale-force winds.

The 26-year old skipper reported he was alone and had plans to sail from Vancouver, British Columbia, to San Francisco. He was seven days into his transit from Neah Bay, Wash., when he lost his rudder and began drifting.

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