Dramatic Rescue of Stricken Sailboat Caught in Hurrican Julio

A dramatic rescue mission is underway to save three people aboard a boat hit by a huge hurricane. The boat, named Walkabout, was hit by Hurricane Julio, which whipped up 155mph winds and 30ft waves, blowing a hatch off the boat and washing away its life raft. The three sailors, who have not been identified, sent out a Mayday message 414 miles north of Hawaii on Sunday morning and the Coast Guard is now co-ordinating their rescue. A HC-130 Hercules plane arrived on the scene at around 1:10pm local time yesterday to drop off life rafts to the stricken crew, but they were unable to reach them because of the huge waves which are battering the 42ft boat. A nearby container ship, Manukai, has now reached the sailors and will attempt a rescue at dawn.


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