Tuesday, August 19, 2008
A man whose empty sailboat was found drifting in the waters of Green Bay was found alive early Monday and rescued by helicopter. Brown County sheriff's officials said that the 56-year-old Allouez man was reported missing by his wife after he failed to return home by 4 p.m. Sunday. His empty sailboat was later found in the bay.A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter spotted James Nelson in the water about 2:40 a.m. on Monday. A rescue diver dropped into the water and pulled him to safety on board the helicopter. He was taken to Austin Straubel International Airport, then transported to a hospital by ambulance. Authorities said that Nelson is in good condition. He told rescuers the sailboat's boom knocked him into the water after a gust of wind came along.