Sailor rescued by helicopter after boat hits rocks

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Updated: 1/10/2014 11:55 am

CAMBRIA, Calif. (AP) — A Coast Guard helicopter crew plucked a stranded sailor from his wrecked sailboat after it ran onto rocks along the Central Coast.

The San Luis Obispo Tribune reports the dramatic rescue operation was carried out before dawn Thursday at Piedras Blancas north of Cambria.

The 32-foot sailboat Blue Mist ran aground just south of the landmark white rock that gives the point its name.

The man, who was sailing alone from the San Francisco Bay area to Morro Bay, used a cell phone to call for help around 3:30 a.m.

A Coast Guard crewmember was lowered from the hovering helicopter, rescuing the sailor, a middle-aged man. The man, whose name was not released, was wet and cold but uninjured.

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