US Coast guard rescues 5 rowers in 2 incidents, on California-to-Hawaii race

US Coast Guard rescue footage.

US Coast Guard rescue footage.

Over the weekend, the US Coast Guard performed two rescue operations to save the lives of a total of five rowers participating in The Great Pacific Race to Hawaii from the Central California coastline.

From the Los Angeles Times:

The first rescue came early Saturday, when a group of four rowers issued a distress call after their 24-foot English rowboat began taking on water, according to the U.S. Coast Guard. The team was participating in the 2,400-mile race, which started in Monterey on June 7 and ends 30 to 90 days later in Honolulu. Rescuers tried reaching the rowers, but high winds and rough seas made the mission impossible. A Coast Guard helicopter from San Francisco and C-130 plane from Sacramento found the rowers 75 miles west of San Luis Obispo. The rowers were taken to a local hospital, where they received medical aid and appeared to be in "good condition," the Coast Guard said.

The second rescue took place on Sunday, when Coast Guard crews assisted a solo rower some 52 miles west of Morro Bay. He reported capsizing several times in rough seas in the middle of the night. More at AP.

The Monterey Herald has an image gallery.