A California sailor had to be rescued after a whale hit a boat in Mexico. The whale caused significant damage to the vessel leaving it with a hole and no steering.
The sailor who was rescued after the unfortunate whale encounter is 67-year-old Max Young of Sacramento. It took a while for Young to realize his boat had sustained damage. Once he did, according to his wife Debra Young, "[he was] trying to bail out water as fast as he could, because he didn't know how long it would take to be rescued."
The good news is that Young activated his emergency beacon, which alerted the Coast Guard of his exact location making the rescue faster. A merchant ship that was about 60 miles away from the damaged sailboat was able to complete the rescue mission using a rope ladder.
Max Young is an experienced sailor, but he was obviously no match for the whale that hit his 50-foot boat off of Mexico. Thankfully he was rescued. Unfortunately, he will not get back home for at least a week. Even though he is on an unexpected journey, he has to be very glad that things did not turn out worse than they did.