USS Spruance Rescues 1 From Sinking Boat

Sailboat Reportedly Sank Off Coast Of Ensenada, Mexico

The San Diego-based USS Spruance rushed to the aid of a sailboat's distress call off the coast of Ensenada on Friday night.

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The ship's first commanding officer, Cmdr. Tate Westbrook, told 10News the ship received a mayday call from a 40-foot wooden sailboat called "The Princess" that was sinking off Ensenada. The incident occurred just after midnight on Friday.

Westbrook said the sailboat bumped into the USS Spruance but not before the crew was able to rescue a 74-year-old man from the sinking boat.

The man – who was suffering from hypothermia and a rib injury – was brought on board the destroyer.

Two sailors sustained minor injuries during the rescue.

The USS Spruance sailed back to San Diego and the man was taken to a local hospital to be treated.

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