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1 saved, 1 overboard from remote Pacific sailboat

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 28, 2013 at 10:30 pm •  Published: April 28, 2013

HONOLULU (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard in Hawaii rescued a British citizen and — with help from the U.S. Navy — was searching Sunday for another British man who fell overboard in a remote area of the Pacific, officials said.

The 35-year-old missing man was conscious and wearing a yellow life jacket when he went overboard about 500 miles west of the Midway Atoll, but he had not been found more than 15 hours later, Coast Guard spokesman Petty Officer Eric J. Chandler said.

Officials from the Marine Rescue Coordination Center Falmouth, United Kingdom, reported to the U.S. Coast Guard in Hawaii at about 11:30 p.m. Saturday that one man from the 38-foot vessel had fallen overboard, and the one who remained aboard had little sailing experience.

The area nearly 2,000 miles from Oahu was too remote to reach quickly by boat, and winds were reported at 25 mph with 6-foot-high seas.

"It's real challenging out there," Chandler said. "We can't get our cutters out there."

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