Man Needs Rescue 400 Miles From Puerto Rico

MIAMI (AP) — Coast Guard officials say they’re sending help to a man needing a medical evacuation from his sailboat more than 400 miles northeast of Puerto Rico.

The sailing vessel Scat contacted Coast Guard crews in San Juan, Puerto Rico, early Sunday to request medical assistance for the severely dehydrated 61-year-old man.

Coast Guard officials initially enlisted a Bahamian vessel to provide assistance, but it was unable to safely evacuate the man because of rough and hazardous sea conditions.

The Coast Guard planned to launch a helicopter and a cutter to the sailboat’s location.

Comments

More From CBS Tampa

POLL: How Are YOU Celebrating the 4th of July?What does Tampa Bay like to do for the 4th of July? Our poll has the answer!
Fatal Alligators Attacks in Florida Over Past 20 YearsThe body of a 2-year-old Nebraska boy was found Wednesday after he was snatched by an alligator at a...

Listen Live