Coast Guard rescue off Ano Nuevo State Park

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DAVENPORT — A sailor with a damaged boat in heavy wind was rescued by the Coast Guard off Ano Nuevo State Park on Monday.

About 7 a.m., a man on a 40-foot sailboat called the Kentucky Woman was sailing about 30 nautical miles west of Ano Nuevo, said Coast Guard Lt. j.g. Jake Urrutia.

The boat had been taking on water for about 16 hours, Urrutia said. Wind of 40-to-50 knots damaged the boat’s mainsail and wrapped it around the mast, Urrutia said. His marine radio also was damaged.

About 7:30 a.m. a Coast Guard helicopter was launched from San Francisco. Its crew arrived to the vessel in 15-to-20-foot seas. They crew deployed a rescue swimmer who boarded the vessel.

A Coast Guard helicopter crew rescued a sailor on a boat called the Kentucky Woman about 30 nautical miles off Ano Nuevo State Park on Monday. (Coast Guard

A Coast Guard helicopter crew rescued a sailor on a boat called the Kentucky Woman about 30 nautical miles off Ano Nuevo State Park on Monday. (Coast Guard — Contributed)

The swimmer and sailor were hoisted back on to the helicopter. The sailor, who was not injured, was taken to San Francisco.

“The vessel is still out there, unfortunately,” Urrutia said Monday afternoon. “I heard reports of up to 50-knot wind.”

The Coast Guard also released short video of the rescue. —— (c)2016 the Santa Cruz Sentinel (Scotts Valley, Calif.) Visit the Santa Cruz Sentinel (Scotts Valley, Calif.) at www.santacruzsentinel.com Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. AMX-2016-04-26T05:16:00-04:00

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