Stubborn Sailor Refused to Abandon Ship

Lifeguards: He wasn't as excited about our help but we convinced him he needed it

By R. Stickney and Mari Payton
|  Tuesday, Aug 10, 2010  |  Updated 10:00 AM PDT
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A stubborn sailor was taken into police custody after refusing to leave his sailboat which ran aground along Sunset Cliffs.

A stubborn sailor was taken into police custody after refusing to leave his sailboat which ran aground along Sunset Cliffs.

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A stubborn sailor was taken into police custody after refusing to leave his stuck sailboat.

The boat ran aground along Sunset Cliffs Monday afternoon. Waves pounded it further into shore.

Nearby residents and passersby called 911.

"We watched the boat inch its way over the rocks," said Sunset Cliffs resident Mike Stevens. "This shelf goes out 150 yards at least. On an extremely low tide you can walk dry."

"We saw the boat disappear into the cove,” said surfer Damon Barry. “Fifteen minutes later there were helicopters and lifeguard boats, so he seemed to have fulfilled that prophecy.”

The man aboard the boat had refused assistance from lifeguards, saying he wanted to wait until high tide came in.

However, lifeguards, not thinking that was the wisest choice, moved in and pulled the man to safety.
 
"Most of the people we try to help want to be helped," said Greg Buchanan with San Diego Lifeguards.   "He wasn't as excited about our help but we convinced him that he needed it."

Once ashore, the man was cooperative. San Diego police arrested the man for being under the influence.

The boat's been impounded. Lifeguards said the sailor will have to pay a fine to get his boat back.

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