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4 people trying to row to Hawaii rescued in Pacific

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 02:30 p.m. HST, Jun 21, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO >> A Coast Guard helicopter rescued four people attempting to row from California to Hawaii.

The Coast Guard reported Saturday that the rowers were participating in the Great Pacific Race when they reported taking water on board their 24-foot boat. High seas prevented a chase boat from taking on the rowers and the Coast Guard was called to help.

The rowers were found about 75 miles west of San Luis Obispo, California at about 1 a.m. PDT Saturday. A rescue swimmer was lowered from a helicopter to the rowboat. Three rowers were hoisted in the helicopter before it returned to land for refueling. It returned to pick up the remaining rower and rescue swimmer who stayed with the boat.

The Coast Guard said no one needed medical attention.

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Ronin006 wrote:
And who pays for the rescue? Don't answer. I already know US taxpayers will foot the bill as we always do when people get in trouble doing stupid things.
on June 21,2014 | 03:49PM
HanabataDays wrote:
It would certainly be reasonable, in the case of organized events like this, that the organizers be liable for rescue expenses.
on June 22,2014 | 03:03AM
PinkSushi wrote:
not necessaerily. It can be written off as real time training exercises. Anyways, I think such high risk adventures be made to have mandatory insurance covering the cost of rescue.
on June 22,2014 | 04:08AM
sak wrote:
Row Row Row Your Boat gently down to 30 foot swell, send the four crazies the rescue bill!
on June 21,2014 | 04:44PM
sluggah wrote:
All they need to do is show the Coasties their Mexican passports and WE get to foot the bill.
on June 21,2014 | 06:43PM
Kalaheo1 wrote:
Wow! These clowns were lucky they failed so soon. Another hundred miles or so and they would have died.
on June 21,2014 | 07:29PM
jmarie wrote:
There should be a law that requires you to purchase a rescue bond prior to deporting with half a million dollars in reserve in the event of a rescue. If you choose to take the risk without a rescue bond your on your own!!!!
on June 21,2014 | 09:09PM
PinkSushi wrote:
Anyone remember that idiot who tried to kayak alone from California to Hawaii last week?
on June 22,2014 | 04:10AM
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