SAN FRANCISCO — A merchant ship early today rescued two men who spent about 13 hours bobbing in a life raft after their light plane ran out of fuel and ditched in the Pacific on a flight from Honolulu to California.
The motor vessel Evergood took Alden Badenhop, 31, and co-pilot Jim Yoegar, 26, both of Honolulu, aboard at 5:25 a.m. about 500 miles south-southwest of San Francisco, the Coast Guard reported.
The Coast Guard said the men were reported in good condition and medical personnel would check them thoroughly upon the ship's arrival in Los Angeles.
The raft was spotted earlier by a Coast Guard C-130 which illuminated the area with flares.
The men "had given a good fix by radio before they put out a mayday," said Coast Guard Lt.(j.g.) Jay Bergman.