Coast Guard Rescues Sailors in Calif. Boat Race

Gio Benitez reports on crew's rescue after sailboat is destroyed by waves.
2:15 | 03/10/13

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Thank you. We'll turn to a daring mission to save a racing crew on a sailboat ripped apart by crashing waves. The coast guard lunch launched a dramatic rescue by air after the six sailors on board sent out a mayday call. Abc's gio benitez is here with the details. Reporter: Good morning, bianna. The boat and its crew were part of a popular overnight sailboat race but as you're about to see what what started as fund ended in tragedy. You're looking at a sailboat wrecked on the beach of an island off the southern california coast. With the crew members stranded on that island, the coast guard moved in for a dramatic rescue. It was quite dark. Seas were anywhere from 6 to 8 feet. Styes as high as 10 to 12. Reporter: The rescuers came shortly after this boat christened "uncontrollable urge" lost control friday night while competing in a sailboat race. All six crew members were pulled into the helicopter from the island's beach but 36-year-old father andhu craig thomas williams had already died. Williams, a member of the silver gate yacht club was an avid sailor. Seen here chatting with friends on a boat in november. They were not able to maintain troechl. It was just too windy and the boat was just moving and rolling too violently. Reporter: Before the race the captain of the sailboat james gilmore tweeted this "gonna see what this boat can do and first race on new urge." To have one of our top racers go out, have it end in tragedy, the loss of life, the trauma to the entire crew. Reporter: "Uncontrollable urge" was 1 of 40 vessels in this year's race fighting their way to make it through 139-nautical mile course from long beach to san diego. The mayday same from the san clemente island. This was an excellently prepared boat. The fact we didn't lose six was testament to the fact they had safety equipment on board, that they followed the procedures. Could have been a much worse scenario. Reporter: And we just learned another sailboat in the same race issued a mayday call just hours later. That boat lost steering but the coast guard was able to tow it safely back to shore. Nobody was seriously hurt, dan.

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