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Press Release | Oct. 1, 2023

Coast Guard hoists person from sailboat offshore of Eureka

MCKINLEYVILLE, Calif. — The Coast Guard rescued a person Saturday afternoon, after his sailboat the “Agua Star” was beset by weather approximately 80 miles west of Eureka.

U.S. Coast Guard Sector Humboldt Bay watchstanders received multiple radio transmissions around 11:40 a.m. Saturday from the Captain of the Agua Star, stating he needed immediate assistance and was approximately 80 miles west of Eureka.

Sector Humboldt watchstanders directed the recall and launch of a Coast Guard Air Station Humboldt Bay MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from training around 11:40 a.m.

The Dolphin aircrew arrived on scene around 3:50 p.m. and made contact with the Agua Star’s captain. He reported that he needed to be evacuated due to weather conditions and damage to his sailboat.

 The aircrew then hoisted the passenger from the sailboat to the helicopter at 4:30 p.m. and began their transit back to Air Station Humboldt Bay.

The aircrew dropped the passenger off at Air Station Humboldt Bay around 5:15 p.m. The passenger was reported to have no injuries.

The sailboat’s last reported position is reported to be approximately 80 miles west of Eureka.