Kittery-based cutter rescues sailboat in Gulf of Mexico

Posted July 07, 2011, at 3:22 p.m.

KITTERY, Maine — The U.S. Coast Guard said a Maine-based cutter helped rescue a disabled sailboat in the Gulf of Mexico.

On Wednesday the Kittery, Maine-based cutter Tahoma, sailing 190 miles west of Key West, was notified that a 70-year-old man was in a disabled sailboat.

A Coast Guard patrol plane monitored the vessel while the cutter sailed the 250 miles to the vessel.

When the Tahoma arrived the occupant of the boat was given medical care and food and his vessel taken in tow.

The Tahoma is now towing the boat to the nearest safe port in its operating area.

The Coast Guard says the Tahoma was en route to regular law enforcement patrol the Caribbean when the call came in.