Racing yacht bound for Newport sinks, crew is rescued

Sinking yacht

LA Times. By Hannah Fry.

Three sailors delivering a 45-foot racing yacht from Hawaii to its new owner in Newport Beach had to be rescued 150 miles offshore when the boat began to sink.

A 41-year-old man, a 56-year-old man and a 61-year-old woman aboard the Locomotion were about a day from reaching Newport Harbor last week when every sailor’s nightmare came to life.

The vessel, an Andrews 45, hit an object in the water June 13, damaging the rudder. Water rushed in and the boat began sinking, according to Coast Guard Petty Officer Robert Simpson.

“They just couldn’t keep up with the flooding,” Simpson said.

The Locomotion’s crew deployed its life raft, activated a GPS-style device to alert rescuers to the boat’s location and called the yacht broker, who alerted the Coast Guard just before 7 p.m.

About four hours later, the Coast Guard arrived on a helicopter and a patrol boat. One by one, the Locomotion crew members jumped into the water with a Coast Guard officer and swam to a basket that hoisted them into the helicopter.

No one was injured, authorities said. The Locomotion, however, was lost under the waves.

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