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APNewsBreak: Oregon fisherman says makeshift sails kept vessel on course during days adrift
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) ' Tuna fisherman Jim Clayholt says he and his son rigged makeshift sails to keep their disabled boat on course as they drifted south for five days along the Oregon Coast.
The 54-year-old Clayholt and his 23-year-old son, Tom Clayholt, were towed to shore after they managed to get a radio message through to the Coast Guard Friday morning. Coast guard aircraft had been searching for them since Thursday.
Clayholt tells The Associated Press he and his son had to pump water by hand hourly from the 40-foot vessel after its battery died. He says they fashioned sails from a sleeping bag, tarps, and bedding.
He says the two got a bumpy ride for a few days but were not in jeopardy.
Information from: The Oregonian, http://www.oregonlive.com