April 2nd, 2012
02:00 AM ET

Injured sailors from racing yacht to be flown to San Francisco

Two of four sailors who were injured when their 67-foot racing yacht was damaged by high seas over the weekend will be flown to San Francisco on Monday.

The four members of the Geraldton Western Australia's crew were wounded Saturday in stormy weather as they sailed from China to San Francisco for a leg of the Clipper Round the World Race, organizers said. The rest of the crew was described as "uninjured but shaken."

Rough waters hindered initial attempts to airlift the wounded from the yacht.

Sunday evening, a Coast Guard rescue boat transferred the two seriously hurt sailors to the Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf where they were medically evaluated.

Race organizers had earlier identified them as Jane Hitchins, 50, a doctor with four suspected broken ribs; and Max Wilson, 62, with two suspected cracked or broken ribs.

The cutter will head to shore Monday with the pair.

The other two crew members who were hurt - Nik Brbora, 28, a software engineer with a possible pelvic sprain; and Mark Burkes, 37, with a back injury - remain on board the yacht which is making its way to its designated mooring in Oakland.

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  1. Superman

    ATENTTION,,,,,,,,,,NICOLE SAIDI ,,,,,please refere to bin laden widows,,,1st,,,,entry , thank you, for your time how about a new security system?

    April 2, 2012 at 2:43 am | Report abuse | Reply
  2. AMERICA 1st

    If they would have stayed at home and been working like normal people do, they wouldnt have been injured and the coast guard, costing the American taxpayers thousands of dollars, having to go take them to a hospital.

    April 2, 2012 at 2:52 am | Report abuse | Reply
  3. - AquaMan

    ... This is the third ship in a month to get knocked over by a giant mysterious rogue wave. Interesting ...

    April 2, 2012 at 2:53 am | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Superman

    Please define a normal living and life

    April 2, 2012 at 3:08 am | Report abuse | Reply
  5. - the Working Class

    ... I don't like it when people have more money than I do ...

    April 2, 2012 at 3:14 am | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Superman

    Plus theres more to life than eat work and sleep! Some people make a living at such things anyways, and thats ok? Is making a living at golf normal is making a living as a mountain guide normal? There is no such as a normal life or proffession, or career ,,,, its just all life and all people have to be happy doing what lies in there interests, or whats the point of our existence my hats off to these guys for what they are doing. Plus some of the technology that is in that yacht is going to be integrated in our everyday lifes , so in a way they are putting there lifes on the line for all, just like the shuttle nascar nhra so please define normal?

    April 2, 2012 at 3:15 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Military Major Captain John Smith

      It is a valid point Superman. In ten billion years it won't matter if you were Jesus or John F. Kennedy. So who we are at this moment and what we do at this moment is important.
      However, it is also true these sailboaters use a 100 percent disproportionate share of the coast guard and navy resources being rescued.
      Do you know any trailer park residents who have been rescued at sea on a sailboat ever?
      It does make good search and rescue practice though.

      April 2, 2012 at 4:37 am | Report abuse |
  7. ♔Mmmmm♕

    ..these guys shudda "got milk" and pump up the cal supplements...really, how many crack ribs and sprain backs does it take to sail a boat?

    April 2, 2012 at 6:59 am | Report abuse | Reply
  8. leeintulsa

    i wager that coast guard cutter was on the water anyway. i doubt they were at their homes, waiting for the phone to ring, like people who rescue mountain climbers and such.

    does the navy charge people rescued from pirates?

    April 2, 2012 at 8:34 am | Report abuse | Reply
  9. KCMO710RADIO

    Hear the Pro riot sports America losing its mind- with free examinations of the "state of white America" as they put it.
    Wave a flag on it.... listen carefully to PRO RIOT RADIO "networks" and cornfield military affiliates.

    April 2, 2012 at 9:58 am | Report abuse | Reply
  10. marty in san fran

    these sailors can captain my boat at will. welcome to sf fellas.

    April 2, 2012 at 10:33 am | Report abuse | Reply
  11. KCMO710RADIO

    WHY PALIN CAIN AMERICA CAN NO LONGER AFFORD EBTS BENEFITS FOR ALL OF U.S. :) ANSWER BELOW

    If you are on a limited budget, I reccomend a small dog, I have a toy poodle and it costs ten dollars a month, very affordable, Larger dogs can do up to 80 dollars a month.

    April 2, 2012 at 10:54 am | Report abuse | Reply
  12. X Rock 80 FM

    @KCMO? 80 bucks? Not likely. The average pet costs over 16,000 US dollars. (purchase price, food, toys, veteranarian bills, paying for your dog biting someone, etc. If you are on a limited budget, I recommend abortion and a pet rock.

    April 2, 2012 at 11:00 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • leeintulsa

      @x rock: no doubt. i have many loser neighbors that can't afford to live in one place more than a few months, that claim strays (since the people are technically strays, i guess they feel some kinship or something). they'll have 4 or 5 big dogs they can't take care of.

      every trash day, my trash will be strung out all over the yard and street. they basicly give them the run of the neighborhood, then they are sad and surprised when they get hit by a car or shot.

      i think, in light of the dogs being doomed anyway, and with the tough economic times, perhaps we should review the whole eating dogs thing.

      if i invited them to a cookout, serving their dog that was in my trashcan, maybe they'd wake up..

      April 2, 2012 at 6:37 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Superman

    A lot of areas outside the US that has a very active mountain rescue team are ready to go 24/7 they have standby procedures, with that taken care of,nobody can define a normal life? That was the main question . So to you bloggers what is a normal life? Eat work and sleep? I dont think so!

    April 2, 2012 at 11:04 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • leeintulsa

      @superman: i don't know that there is a 'normal' life.

      the world doesn't move to the beat of just one drum.
      what might be right for you, might not be right for some..

      i think normal is happy. if you are happy, you are normal.

      cuz it takes
      different strokes
      it takes
      different strokes
      it takes
      different strokes to move the world

      April 2, 2012 at 6:45 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Superman

    And also if you where 250 miles out to sea would you want help? Or would they tell you no it costs to much money your on your own, so which one of you were in the service?

    April 2, 2012 at 11:06 am | Report abuse | Reply
  15. Superman

    @@@leeintulsa,,,,,,,you hit the nail on thr head thank you but your right thats what i was trying to say but you got it

    April 2, 2012 at 9:25 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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