Rescue launched for boat caught in Hurricane Julio

HONOLULU (AP) — A container ship has reached a sailboat stranded in waters roiled by Hurricane Julio off the Hawaii coast.

Operations Specialist Andrew Lincoln said Monday that crews are waiting until dawn to evacuate the three people on board the stricken sailboat. He says doing so in the dark, in the midst of rough weather, would be too dangerous.

Lincoln says Julio has passed, but it has left behind strong winds and 15-foot swells.

The Coast Guard says the sailors aboard the 42-foot sailboat Walkabout sent a message around 7 a.m. Saturday requesting help after the boat became disabled and took on water. The container ship Manukai reached them around 10 p.m. that night.

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