Dramatic Rescue in the Pacific Ocean: Caught on Tape

Sailor endures 90-minute struggle to stay alive during a relentless hailstorm.
3:00 | 04/01/14

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And now to the dramatic rescue on the high seas, a sailor falling overboard into the pacific struggling to stay above water for a terrifying 90 minutes in heavy surf. This is just west of San Francisco. ABC's gio Benitez shows us the rescue all caught on tape. Gio. Reporter: He was just trying to change the sail but he fell off the boat. One of his crewmates recording every harrowing second. It was a perfect storm for disaster. In the middle of the cold north pacific with giant waves. 40-mile-per-hour winds and a relentless hailstorm. A sailor washed overboard. His safety cord snapped and his crewmates desperate. Mayday, mayday, mayday. We have a man overboard. Reporter: But the mayday call was useless. The team in the middle of a yacht race from China to California was 2500 miles from San Francisco. 46-year-old Andrew Taylor who had been knocked overboard by a giant wave can now be seen battling to keep his head above water. As his crewmates fight to maneuver the boat closer to Taylor, the waves push him further away. Finally, an hour and a half into the ordeal, the dramatic rescue. Taylor is pulled out of the water. I didn't know if you were looking for me or not. I didn't know if you had seen me. Reporter: It turns out they never took their eyes off him. And crew members tell us he was suffering from shock and mild hypothermia but that he's in good spirits and doing well this morning. Amy. We are certainly happy to hear that, gio, thank you so much.

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