50ft yacht lost steering and began taking on water
A sailor was rescued after a whale hit his yacht around 40 miles off the western coast of Mexico.
It took Max Young a while to realise he’d lost steerage in the collision, his wife told the Associated Press. She said it took the solo sailor even longer to realise he was taking on water.
Young stuffed a mattress into the hole created by the whale, turned on all four bilge pumps and began bailing water.
The 67-year-old activated his EPIRB and the coastguard was able to direct a merchant ship to make the 60-mile trip to rescue him.