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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 27, 2002
The body of a 51-year-old man was found floating next to his docked sailboat Saturday at Channel Islands Harbor. The man's identity has not been released, and the cause of death was not known, Sheriff's Sgt. Robert Thomas said. Thomas said the man's mother discovered him floating face down in the water next to his boat slip sometime after 4 p.m.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 6, 2014 | By Tony Perry, This post has been updated. See below for details.
[Updated 9 a.m. PDT: A sick 1-year-old baby aboard a crippled sailboat hundreds of miles at sea off the Mexican coast was transferred to a Navy ship early Sunday, officials said. The frigate Vandegrift arrived on scene around midnight but the transfer of the child was delayed until daylight Sunday morning for safety reasons. ] The Vandegrift has two Navy corpsmen aboard, officials said. Also, four rescue specialists from the California Air National Guard's 129th Rescue Wing had been with the child aboard the family's sailboat since late Thursday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 7, 2014 | By Tony Perry
The parents of a sick baby who had to be rescued hundreds of miles off the Mexico coast Sunday are defending themselves against criticism that taking two small children on a year-long sailing trip around the world was not smart parenting. Eric and Charlotte Kaufman issued an email statement while aboard the Navy frigate Vandegrift, which took the parents, their ailing 1-year-old daughter and their 3-year-old daughter onboard at daybreak Sunday after their sailboat became disabled about 1,000 miles from Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 3, 2013 | By Lauren Williams
A sailboat carrying 80 to 90 bales of marijuana ran aground in Newport Beach on Monday after the  U.S. Coast Guard  attempted to stop and board it, authorities said. During a routine patrol, a Coast Guard crew spotted a sailboat entering Newport Harbor near Balboa Island and decided to board it for an equipment check, authorities said. As Coast Guard officials approached at 1 a.m., the sailboat veered right and came ashore at Ruby Avenue and South Bayfront. Two men jumped from the boat and ran away, authorities said.
NEWS
January 13, 2004
John Balzar ("Grasping for Air," Jan. 6) expresses some wonderment at sailboat racing's appeal. As a teenager in the 1930s, racing Snowbirds and Flatties, I was attracted to H.A. Calahan's book "Learning to Race." For him, the appeal of racing is a striving for perfection, the search to duplicate the perfection experienced by each of us in that early flight of the stork, beneath those great wings. Nicely put. I have to take Balzar to task for using "knots per hour." "Knots," by itself, is nautical miles per hour.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 7, 2014 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO -- The sick baby rescued from a crippled sailboat hundreds of miles at sea is in stable condition aboard the frigate Vandegrift, which is set to return to its home port here Wednesday, officials announced Monday afternoon. The 1-year-old girl was suffering from a high fever and a severe rash when her parents made a distress call Thursday to the Coast Guard. By Thursday night, four men from the California Air National Guard trained as paramedics had parachuted into the ocean and were aboard the sailboat.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 4, 1987
My wife and I found Redondo Beach crowded with young people on their spring break when we went for a walk along the shore on Sunday. As we walked we saw a sailboat get into trouble when the wind and surf drove it aground onto the sand offshore. Los Angeles County lifeguards immediately swam out and took two young girls (about 8 years old) off the boat and then tried to push the boat (about 35 feet long) and her skipper off the sandy bottom. At this point, about 25 young men and one young woman went out to assist.
NEWS
August 3, 1987
A Coast Guard cutter rendezvoused Sunday with a sailboat found adrift eight days ago in the South Pacific and confirmed there is a body aboard that probably is that of Garden Grove attorney Manning Eldridge, skipper of the long-overdue boat. It probably will be Friday or later before positive identification is made, U. S. Coast Guard spokesman Scott A. Hartvigsen said in Honolulu. Eldridge, 41, had sailed in the yacht, Marara, from Tahiti on a voyage to Hawaii seven months ago.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 10, 2014 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO - Under persistent questioning from reporters, the executive officer of the Navy ship that rescued a family off its disabled sailboat 1,000 miles off Mexico said he would not have brought his own children on a similar trip. "For one thing, I don't own a sailboat," said Lt. Cmdr. Daryl Robbin, a 26-year U.S. Navy veteran. "For another, I know how big the ocean is. " Robbin was addressing reporters Wednesday after the arrival of the guided-missile frigate Vandegrift.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 10, 1986 | GORDON GRANT, Times Staff Writer
Two men, including one from Newport Beach, told Tuesday of surviving a series of six violent storms that battered their sailboat and left it drifting helplessly for almost a week before they were rescued. U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer Dan Waldschmidt said the two told the Coast Guard how the storms blew out the boat's sails and snapped its mainmast. Waldschmidt spoke after the battered sailboat was towed by a Coast Guard cutter to a Honolulu dock. Laurence F.
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