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Shipwrecked Canadians call rescue 'incredible'

by CBC News on 10 Feb 2012
Mitchell, West & Bradley James - Canadian family rescued during voyage to Hawaii. West James, 9, was traveling with his father, Bradley, and uncle, Mitchell, on the 38-foot sailboat Liahona. Hawaii News Now
One of three Canadians picked up by a giant container ship at sea overnight after a storm damaged and then sunk their Hawaii-bound sailboat is calling their dramatic rescue a 'gauntlet of happiness.'

Brad James, 32, told CBC News on Thursday morning after the rescue that he felt great, despite the dramatic chain of events that left him and his nine-year-old son, West, floating in the dark sea for 2½ hours.

James's brother, Mitchell James, 29, who lives in the Edmonton area, had also been aboard the boat but was rescued before the others.

All three are now safe and in port in Honolulu.

Rescued 450 kilometres northeast of Hilo, Hawaii, they had been travelling from Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, to Hilo on a sailboat named Liahona when they ran into trouble. Their mast broke and the boat's engine stopped working after overheating in a storm; they had no other form of propulsion.

Full story and video on http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/story/2012/02/09/sea-rescue-hawaii.htm!CBC_News
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