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Coast Guard rescues sailor

The Coast Guard rescued a man from a 35-foot sailboat in Nisqually Reach, northeast of Olympia, on Tuesday night.

The man onboard a sailboat named Four of Us made a mayday call just after 7:30 p.m., reporting that the boat had either ran aground or was taking on water. He was unsure of his location, and the Coast Guard dispatched a helicopter from its Port Angeles station to find him.

The helicopter crew located the sailboat, hoisted the man on board at approximately 9:30 p.m. and transferred him to Joint Base Lewis-McChord. No injuries were reported.

A salvage operation to retrieve the boat is scheduled.

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