Sailors from East Bay rescued off San Diego

October 29, 2009 9:15:14 AM PDT
The licensed sailing masters from the East Bay and three sailing students were rescued from the waters off San Diego Wednesday morning after their boat capsized in gale force winds, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.

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The Coast Guard received a distress signal from a 40-foot sailboat participating in the Baha Ha Ha race shortly after 10 a.m. about 197 miles southwest of San Diego, the Coast Guard reported.

The two licensed masters and three students were hoisted onto a life raft, which subsequently transported them onto a helicopter. One suffered a minor hand injury, and all five arrived safely in San Diego at 4 p.m.

The incident is under investigation.

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