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Man airlifted off sailboat at Gaviota State Beach

Published On: Apr 25 2013 02:05:22 PM CDT
Updated On: Apr 24 2013 11:39:52 PM CDT

A man had to be rescued off the Gaviota coast after suffering a serious medical problem while on his sailboat.

SANTA BARBARA COUNTY, Calif. -

Santa Barbara County Fire Department, state parks personnel and the Coast Guard rescued a 75-year-old boater at Gaviota State Beach.

He was airlifted at 11:12 a.m. off the boat to an ambulance waiting in the beach parking lot. The ambulance then took him to the hospital.

The call came out at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday when the man experienced a medical emergency while anchored 100 yards off the coastline.

His 40-foot sailboat was located 500 yards east of the Gaviota Pier. County Fire spokesperson David Sadecki said the man was traveling from San Francisco to San Diego.

NewsChannel 3 Senior Reporter John Palminteri will have the full story on the 5 and 6 p.m. news.

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