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Coast Guard waits for better weather before rescue
Coast Guard waiting for improved weather before taking 3 sailors injured in a storm off yacht
By The Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) ' U.S. Coast Guard crews are waiting for the weather to improve before sending a helicopter to take three sailors injured in a storm from a yacht about 400 miles off the California coast.

Coast Guard Petty Officer Caleb Critchfield says a Coast Guard cutter with a helicopter is within range of the yacht, but could not say when crews will be able to launch it.

A spokeswoman for the Clipper 11-12 Round the World Yacht Race says the nearly 70-foot Geraldton Western Australia was hit by a large wave Saturday, knocking out its steering mounting.

Three crew members suffered back, rib and pelvic injuries.

An airplane already has dropped off medical supplies, and the yacht is proceeding under secondary steering toward San Francisco Bay.

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