Coast Guard Rescues Four at NoCal Blowout

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United States Coast Guard

Coast Guard crews rescued four people from the chilly waters of Folsom Lake near Sacramento, Calif., on Sunday after several boats capsized in high winds and turbulent seas during the annual Camellia Cup regatta.In winds as high as 45 mph, several of the boats suffered damage to rudders, masts, and sails, and had to be towed back to shore.When Day 2 of the regatta began at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, winds were 15 to 20 mph. Shortly after the first race began, winds accelerated and at least four vessels capsized, throwing their crews into the chilly 57 degree waters. "The weather just got plain nasty,' said Cal Faulkner, vice flotilla commander of Elk Grove Flotilla 3-10, who participated in one of the rescues. "It is amazing that no one got seriously injured or drowned under these conditions." Race officials quickly cancelled the races shortly after the multiple capsizings occurred. After securing the disabled vessels and returning the capsizing victims to shore, the Coast Guard Auxiliary vessels made a sweep of the area to ensure no one else had been left out in the treacherous winds and seas. Some of the capsized sailors exhibited signs of hypothermia and were treated onboard by the Coast Guard Auxiliary crews.David Rumbaugh won all three races in the Coronado 15 to win his division and the overall trophy in the 9-division event. For complete results, click here.