86-year-old sailor, wife and neighbor rescued from stranded sailboat in Galveston

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Three people were rescued from a sailboat in Galveston after being stranded for seven hours.

An 86-year-old sailboat captain who is colorblind, his wife and a neighbor are all safe after being rescued from a boat on Galveston's East Beach Monday morning.

Eyewitness News reporter Jeff Ehling is live in Galveston at the scene of the rescue, where he talked to everyone about the ordeal.
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Eyewitness News reporter Jeff Ehling is in Galveston where three people were rescued from a sailboat.

Captain Andrew Green told ABC13 this all happened around 9 p.m. when he was trying to get his 32-foot sailboat into the port but ended up too close to the jetty, stranding everyone on board.

Green, his wife, and their neighbor were coming back from Port Arthur, but by the time they returned to Galveston, the sun had gone down, making it difficult to navigate in the water.

Green is colorblind but says he could see the markers and read their numbers. Somehow Green, his wife and the neighbor still found themselves on the wrong side of the markers and headed toward land.

"Next thing you know, we couldn't see the next red light, so we just kept going. Pretty soon, we found out that we were on the wrong side, but I don't know how that happened," Green said.

They were stuck in the boat for seven hours on some rocks.

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A man's boat is still out in the water, waiting to be towed after the man, his wife and a neighbor were rescued early Monday.

The Coast Guard couldn't reach them because the water was too shallow, so the Galveston Beach Patrol came out and brought them safely to shore.

Green says he and his wife, who is also in her 80s, and the neighbor are all fine. The boat is still out in the water, needing to be towed.

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