Coast Guard rescues man stranded after watercraft breaks down on Napa River

- A man stranded Saturday evening on the Napa River was rescued by the U.S. Coast Guard, Coast Guard officials said today.

Two friends were riding personal watercrafts when one of the crafts broke down.

Coast Guard officials said one man swam to the shore and a good Samaritan gave him a ride to a boat ramp in Vallejo.

The other man planned to tow the broken watercraft to the boat ramp.

But by about 9 p.m. the man with the watercraft had not made it to the boat ramp so his friend called the Coast Guard.

Officials with the Coast Guard sent a helicopter to the area and located the man and his craft stranded near the Napa River.

The helicopter's crew lowered a rescue swimmer to the stranded man and hoisted him to safety.

Coast Guard officials said the man was mildly hypothermic. He was flown to the Napa County Airport where he was met by paramedics.

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