In a rare encounter, a man was struck by a huge whale on his boat while he was sailing near the western coast of Mexico late Tuesday. As the collision occurred, water started to enter the boat and its steering also got damaged. The person on the sailboat was alone. He was able to inform the authorities and was rescued by their quick response.
Max Young, the person on the boat, was lucky enough to get rescued in time. He also kept on trying to handle the situation on his own before the rescue team arrived.
"His EPIRB delivered an exact position to us, contact information that allowed us to quickly discern the sail plan of and number of persons on the vessel, and really took a lot of the search out of the search and rescue," Lt. Charles Kelly, of the Coast Guard's command center in Alameda, Calif., told, as reported by Yahoo News.
A merchant ship near the sailboat was given the signal to reach Young’s boat and rescue him. Young was struggling to reach to the coast by himself at the time. The merchant ship he is on has not reached the coast, but he has talked with his family via radio.
"He was steering the boat and trying to get it back on course. It took him a while to realize he didn't have any steerage at all. It took him a bit longer to realize he was taking on water," Debra Young, his wife, told about Young’s accident.
Max Young has been travelling in the sea for quite a long time. His father was also a fisherman. He would definitely have an idea about what to do in an emergency situation in the sea. He belongs to northern California and is expected to reach his home next week.
Sea voyage is always full of such risks and therefore Coast Guard is alert all the time to respond very fast in an accident. These types of incidents have also been reported in the past. With the help of modern communication technology, emergency management has improved to a great extent and Coast Guard’s services have become very swift. However, luck counts a lot in such cases, as a small boat can get destroyed very quickly if hit by large whales.