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Coast Guard sends helicopter to stricken yacht

Sunday, April 01, 2012
In this image provided by the U.S. Coast Guard Air National Guard parajumpers, from the 129th Rescue Wing prepare medical supplies to be dropped from a Coast Guard aircraft to a 67-foot sailing yacht with three injured persons aboard, the Clipper Venture Six which is sponsored by Geraldton Western Australia, in the Round the World Yacht Race, Saturday, March 31, 2012. The Coast Guards Rescue Coordination Center in Alameda, Calif. is coordinating the efforts to rescue the three injured persons 400 miles west of San Francisco. (AP Photo/Seaman David Flores, U.S. Coast Guard)

In this image provided by the U.S. Coast Guard Air National Guard parajumpers, from the 129th Rescue Wing prepare medical supplies to be dropped from a Coast Guard aircraft to a 67-foot sailing yacht with three injured persons aboard, the Clipper Venture Six which is sponsored by Geraldton Western Australia, in the Round the World Yacht Race, Saturday, March 31, 2012. The Coast Guard's Rescue Coordination Center in Alameda, Calif. is coordinating the efforts to rescue the three injured persons 400 miles west of San Francisco. (AP Photo/Seaman David Flores, U.S. Coast Guard) (AP Photo)

The U.S. Coast Guard has launched a helicopter to see if it can rescue three injured sailors on a damaged yacht about 270 miles west of San Francisco.

Coast Guard Fireman George Akiyama says the helicopter left the cutter Bertholf, about 90 miles away from the yacht, a little before 5 p.m. Sunday.

Once the helicopter arrives at the yacht, the chopper crew will determine if it can lower a rescue swimmer onto the vessel or into the water nearby.

Rough seas and strong winds throughout the day have prevented the Coast Guard from trying to rescue the injured sailors.

Akiyama did not know the weather or sea conditions at the time the helicopter left the cutter.

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