Coast Guard rescues 4 in ailing rowboat in Pacific

By From page A7 | June 22, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO — A Coast Guard helicopter rescued four people attempting to row from California to Hawaii.

The Coast Guard reported Saturday that the rowers were participating in the Great Pacific Race when they reported taking water on board their 24-foot boat. High seas prevented a chase boat from taking on the rowers and the Coast Guard was called to help.

The rowers were found about 75 miles west of San Luis Obispo at about 1 a.m. Saturday. A rescue swimmer was lowered from a helicopter to the rowboat. Three rowers were hoisted in the helicopter before it returned to land for refueling. It returned to pick up the remaining rower and rescue swimmer who stayed with the boat.

The Coast Guard said no one needed medical attention.


The Associated Press

The Associated Press


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  • MikeJune 22, 2014 - 9:13 am

    Should the 'rowers' be billed for this, obvious to me, hair-brained idea? Their contingency plans were inadequate, a chase boat that could not help, couldn't throw them a line,but a CG swimmer and hoist could? More cynicism, I guess.

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