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US Coast Guard makes rescue attempt in world yacht race

KABC-TV covers Los Angeles and Southern California.

April 1, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
A rescue attempt by the U.S. Coast Guard was underway Sunday to help four seriously injured sailors off the Northern California coast.

The coast guard sent rescuers to help the sailors, who were seriously injured in a storm during the Clipper 11-12 Round the World Yacht Race.

Officials say the sailors' nearly 70-foot yacht hit a large wave, which knocked out steering and communications equipment. The sailors were headed to China.

Injured crew members are from Britain and Australia. The yacht was part of th 11-month, 40,000 mile race. The yacht is proceeding under secondary steering toward San Francisco Bay, where it will finish Leg 6 of the race.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.