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Rescued Sacramento Sailor Makes It Home For Wedding Anniversary

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Yacht Struck By Whale

Max Young was on the last leg of a journey around the world when a whale smashed through the back of his boat 400 miles south of San Diego. (CBS)

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SACRAMENTO (CBS/AP) — A 67-year-old Sacramento man rescued after his sailboat was hit and sunk by a whale is back home just in time to take his wife out to dinner for their 23rd wedding anniversary.

Max Young was sailing his 50-foot boat on the final leg of a journey from the East Coast to Emeryville, Calif. when just after dark on June 12 his boat was slammed by a whale he believed to be about 55-feet long.

The impact from the breaching whale was so powerful that it severely damaged the boat. Young activated an emergency beacon, which was alerted the U.S. Coast Guard. The Coast Guard directed a merchant ship to the sinking craft.

Once Young was rescued by the freighter’s crew, he spent six days on board. He finally made it home to Sacramento Friday, just two days before he and his wife, Debra, celebrate their anniversary.

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