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South Coast Scene Of Dramatic Offshore Rescue

Posted on Wednesday, April 24, 2013 3:48pm

Boater Rescued By Santa Barbara County Firefighters (SBCFD Photo)

The South Coast was the scene of a dramatic offshore rescue, when a man sailing solo from San Francisco, to San Diego had a medical emergency.

The Santa Barbara County Fire Department was called around 10:30 this morning, by reports the 75 year old man needed help. The 30 foot long sailboat was anchored near the Gaviota Pier. A Santa Barbara County helicopter flew to the scene, and a crew member was lowered onto the boat. A basket was then lowered, and the man was loaded inside, and flown to Gaviota Beach, for transportation by ambulance to a Santa Barbara Hospital.

There’s no word on the man’s condition, but his medical problem was not considered to be life threatening.

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