Air Station Kodiak Thanked by Yacht Skipper


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When the Sailboat "California" broke its mast during the "Clipper Round the World" race, an Air Station Kodiak HC-130 Hercules crew helped rescue the British-flagged vessel. The incident, which took place last month during high wave and wind conditions, resulted in head injuries for one "California" crew member. "Clipper Round the World" is a 10-month long yacht race to circumnavigate the globe.

(USCG Radio 1 "Its an unusual … a particular crew.")

That was Coast Guard spokeswoman Sara Francis. She said that last week the skipper of the vessel, Pete Rollason, presented gifts to Coast Guard representatives in San Francisco as a thank-you for the rescue. He also returned the radio canister that had been dropped to his boat during the rescue.

(USCG Radio 2 "The radio canister … was phenomenal.")

The Hercules crew located the 66-foot yacht 800 miles northeast of Midway Island or 1,200 miles south of Kodiak.

(USCG Radio 3 "and this was … when we can.")

After the crew from Kodiak located the yacht and established communications with it, the other clippers in the race escorted the boat to San Francisco where the injured man received medical assistance.

(USCG Radio 4 "It was significant … had that EPIRB.")

The "Clipper Round the World" race was inspired by Sir Robin Knox-Johnston who, 40 years ago,was the first man to sail solo, non-stop around the world.

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