Tuesday, December 27, 2005
A Coast Guard helicopter crew rescued a Sailor from his sinking boat in the Atlantic about 260 miles east of Jacksonville, officials said.
United States Coast Guard Jayhawk HelicopterDavid Mast, 46, called for help after losing his main mast en route to the Bahamas, the Coast Guard said. His 44-foot sailing vessel began taking on water when its engines became disabled. A C-130 plane and a Jayhawk helicopter were dispatched after heavy seas prevented a nearby commercial vessel from reaching Mast's sailboat, officials said. The helicopter crew hoisted Mast to safety in 50-mph winds, officials said. Mast was in good condition and being treated at a Melbourne hospital, the Coast Guard said.