Sacto 9-1-1
April 18, 2012
Sailor rescued after drifting three days on Sacramento River

A man who had spent three days drifting on the Sacramento River after the motor on his sailboat failed was rescued and his boat secured Tuesday after he rowed to shore in a dinghy.

West Sacramento firefighters were summoned to the riverbank across from Sacramento's Pocket area after the man reached shore, said Eric Edgar, division chief with the West Sacramento Fire Department.

Edgar said the man had been living aboard the 26-foot sailboat for about three years and usually was moored in the Discovery Park area.

When the motor aboard the sailboat failed, the skeg, an extension of the keel, prevented the boat from approaching too close to shore, Edgar said.

Fire crews were able to secure the sailboat to pilings from an old marina. Edgar said the man did not appear to have suffered any serious injury but was taken to an area hospital for evaluation.

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