1 saved, 1 overboard from remote Pacific sailboat

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Associated Press

Posted on April 28, 2013 at 11:02 PM

Updated Monday, Apr 29 at 2:30 AM

HONOLULU (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard in Hawaii says it has rescued a British citizen and is searching for another who fell overboard in a remote area of the Pacific.

Coast Guard spokesman Eric Chandler said Sunday the 35-year-old man was conscious and wearing a life jacket when he went overboard, but has not been found more than 15 hours later.

Chandler says marine rescue officials in the United Kingdom reported at 11:30 p.m. Saturday that one man had fallen overboard from the 38-foot vessel nearly 2,000 miles west of Oahu, and the one remaining was an inexperienced sailor.

A helicopter lowered a hoist to rescue the man, and a Coast Guard plane and Navy warship are searching for the other.

The men's names and their voyage's purpose were not immediately clear.

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