Calif. sailboat survivors released
Five sailors who survived when their boat smashed into rocks during a race in storm-churned seas off Southern California, killing a fellow crew member, have been released from San Diego hospitals.
The survivors were treated for cuts, bruises and hypothermia, Chuck Hope, commodore of the San Diego Yacht Club, told UT San Diego on Sunday. The yacht club was a co-host of the Islands Race.
The 32-foot Uncontrollable Urge lost its steering and the craft began drifting toward San Clemente Island, where it broke apart, Coast Guard Petty Officer Connie Gawrelli said on Saturday.
On Friday night, the crew radioed the mayday call and activated a feature on the boat that provides authorities with GPS coordinates and other crucial information. But the crew then declined assistance and instead requested a tow boat. Stormy conditions kept the tow boat from getting to them.
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