SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- The U.S. Coast Guard has rescued two injured sailors from a yacht that was hit by a monster wave while participating in an around-the-world race.
Petty Officer Caleb Critchfield said a Coast Guard rescue boat reached the battered yacht about 200 miles off the California coast Sunday afternoon. The sailors were then transported to a Coast Guard cutter where they boarded a helicopter and were flown to San Francisco for medical treatment.
The injured include a 50-year-old woman who may have suffered broken ribs, and a 29-year-old man with a possible pelvic strain.
A spokeswoman for the Clipper 11-12 Round the World Yacht Race said the nearly 70-foot Geraldton Western Australia was hit by a large wave Saturday, knocking out its steering mounting.
Two others suffered minor injuries and will continue sailing to San Francisco Bay.