Man airlifted off sailboat at Gaviota State Beach
Santa Barbara County Fire Department, state parks personnel and the Coast Guard rescued a 75-year-old boater at Gaviota State Beach.
He was airlifted at 11:12 a.m. off the boat to an ambulance waiting in the beach parking lot. The ambulance then took him to the hospital.
The call came out at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday when the man experienced a medical emergency while anchored 100 yards off the coastline.
His 40-foot sailboat was located 500 yards east of the Gaviota Pier. County Fire spokesperson David Sadecki said the man was traveling from San Francisco to San Diego.
NewsChannel 3 Senior Reporter John Palminteri will have the full story on the 5 and 6 p.m. news.