01 April 2013

• Connecticut Man Rescued After Whale Collides With Boat During Solo Voyage On Long Island Sound

A Connecticut man was rescued after his 50-foot boat was struck by a whale while he sailed alone about 7 miles out in Long Island Sound, authorities said. “The impact from the collision knocked out the sailboat's steering and the vessel began taking on water late Tuesday,” U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Mina Haden said.

Boat-owner Tom Alley, of Stratford, stuffed a mattress into the hole caused by the whale, turned on four bilge pumps and was "trying to bail out water as fast as he could, because he didn't know how long it would take to be rescued," his wife, Sally, told The Affiliated Press.

For more details about the whale collision, go to: Blubber.com

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