Hawaii Coast Guard: Oregon family rescued at sea
Monday, July 4, 2011
HONOLULU (AP) -- An Oregon family is heading home after being rescued in the Pacific Ocean after their boat became disabled.
The Coast Guard says a couple and their two adult sons were sailing from Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, to Oregon when the 30-foot vessel struck debris that damaged its rudder Friday.
The family put out a distress call that was answered by a Hong Kong-based cargo ship, OOCL Guangzhou. After unsuccessful efforts to repair the boat, the family had to abandon it at sea and board the cargo ship with their pet cat.
The ship transferred the family to a Coast Guard vessel Sunday about 12 miles south of the Hawaiian island of Oahu. The Coast Guard crew took them to Honolulu, where purchased a flight back to the mainland.