Whale Hits Boat, Man From Sacramento, California Rescued

By on Jun 19, 2012 in Animals, Travel, United States Comments

Max Young of Sacramento, California has been rescued after a whale hit his boat about 40 miles off the western coast of Mexico while he sailed alone, international news sites reported on Monday, June 18, 2012.

humpback whale

Humpback Whale
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According to reports, Young‘s 50-foot boat was hit by a whale knocking off its steering and putting a hole into it late Tuesday. A mattress was stuffed into the hole and all the bilge pumps were turned on to keep the boat afloat.

Young was “trying to bail out water as fast as he could, because he didn’t know how long it would take to be rescued,” Debra Young, his wife, reportedly said.

An emergency beacon, which alerted the Coast Guard, was activated. “His EPIRB delivered an exact position to us, contact information that allowed us to quickly discern the sail plan of and number of persons on the vessel, and really took a lot of the search out of the search and rescue,” Lt. Charles Kelly, of the Coast Guard‘s command center in Alameda, California was quoted as saying.

A merchant ship contacted by the Coast Guard was able to rescue him at about 4:00 am Wednesday. The ship was about 60 miles away from his boat when contacted, reports said.

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