SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The U.S. Coast Guard says a 66-year-old Sacramento man is OK after he was rescued from his sinking sailboat off the coast of Mexico.
A Coast Guard spokeswoman says Max Young was sailing alone about 40 miles west of La Playa, Mexico when his 50-foot sailboat was hit by a whale late Tuesday.
The impact from the collision with the whale knocked out sailboat's steering and started flooding the boat.
Young, described by the Coast Guard as a "seasoned sailor," activated an emergency beacon that was picked up by the Coast Guard in its Alameda, Calif. command center.
The Coast Guard directed a merchant ship, which was about 60 miles away, to rescue Young.
When the ship arrived around 4 a.m. Wednesday, Young was able to scramble off his sinking boat by a rope ladder thrown down by the crew of the merchant ship.