2 rescued from stricken yacht of US coast

2012-04-02 11:02

San Francisco - The US Coast Guard has rescued two injured sailors from a yacht that was hit by a monster wave while participating in an around-the-world race.

Petty Officer Caleb Critchfield says a rescue boat reached the battered yacht about 322km off the coast and transported the sailors to a Coast Guard cutter.

A spokesperson for the Clipper 11-12 Round the World Yacht Race says the two were being treated aboard the cutter and will receive additional medical aid when the vessel reaches San Francisco Bay.

The injured are a 50-year-old woman who may have suffered broken ribs, and a 29-year-old man with a possible pelvic strain.

Race officials say the nearly 21.34m Geraldton Western Australia was hit by a large wave on Saturday, knocking out its steering mounting.

Two others suffered minor injuries and will continue sailing to San Francisco Bay.