HERCULES (CBS SF) – A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter crew rescued a man and his dog from a sailboat near Hercules early Monday morning.

The man on a 24-foot sailboat contacted the Coast Guard via VHF marine radio around 11:50 p.m. Sunday, reporting that his motor wasn’t working and the vessel was drifting toward rocks.

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A helicopter crew launched from Coast Guard Air Station San Francisco and lowered a rescue swimmer to the boat. The man and dog were hoisted into the helicopter and transported to a nearby airport with no medical issues reported, according to the Coast Guard.

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“This case was successful thanks to the mariner having working communication equipment and quickly contacting the Coast Guard,” Sector San Francisco deputy commander Capt. Howard Wright said in a news release. “We encourage all mariners to confirm that their safety equipment is operational before getting on the water.”

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