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2 Men Rescued From Ordeal Near Baja Arrive at Port

July 22, 1998

Two Long Beach men who spent three hours in a life raft after their sailboat sank off the coast of Baja California arrived safely at the Port of Los Angeles on Tuesday, the U.S. Coast Guard reported.

Rick Wempe, 36, and Tim Anderson, 25, were brought ashore from the President Hoover, a container ship that answered their distress signals when their 44-foot-long sailboat caught fire and sank Monday, said Chief Warrant Officer Jerry Snyder.

The pair managed to send a distress signal before taking to the life raft. The President Hoover, about 30 miles away, picked up the signal and headed to the men, Snyder said.

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