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Two men and boy survive a dangerous rescue from the Pacific

February 16, 2012
The Maui Weekly

Atlanta Journal Constitution - Last week, a 9-nine-year-old boy, his uncle and father were rescued from their capsized sailboat off of O'ahu. The boast was sailing from Puerto Vallarta when several mistakes over five days left the crew drifting.

"There were waves crashing all over the place," Brad James said. "We had no engine. We had no sail."

The boat had a leaky exhaust, a broken water pipe, an overheating engine and a snapped mast, which made sailing to land impossible.

Although it was their first time crossing the ocean, the three Canadians were experienced sailors. A satellite phone allowed them to get in touch with the U.S. Coast Guard, which redirected a commercial ship 150 miles away.

The 900-foot container ship arrived to save them, but complicated matters further when the James' 39-foot sailboat bounced off of it and sank within minutes of impact. Fortunately, all three were wearing lifejackets and headlamps. The three were rescued in about an hour.

 
 
 

 

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