Stockton sailors rescued from Hurricane Julio in Hawaii

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Three Stockton men were rescued near Oahu when their sailboat was badly damaged by Hurricane Julio.

Three men from Stockton were rescued in the Pacific Ocean when their sailboat was ravaged by Hurricane Julio in Hawaii.

The sailors spent 24 hours, stranded in some 30-foot waves, battered by winds of up to 115-miles per hour. Crew members from a Matson cargo ship rescued them about 400 miles north of Oahu.

The hurricane conditions caused the sailboat's mast to break off from its hull.

"I was sitting the galley, reading a book and all of the stuff on the shelf on the starboard side just came off and flew into me," said Lee Nealy.

"Water just filled up my quarters and I got flipped over, and I thought instantly that was it," said Mike Vanway.

The men had been sailing to Thailand.
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