NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Coast Guard says a 66-year-old California man has been rescued from the Gulf of Mexico after his 40-foot sailboat became disabled about 125 miles from the mouth of the Mississippi River.

Coast Guard Lt. Michael Vickers, co-pilot of the rescue helicopter, says Jim Brown of Oxnard told rescuers he had almost given up hope in the 10-foot swells.

The crew of the tanker “V8 Stealth” called the Coast Guard about 3 a.m. Wednesday, saying that the boat “Time Traveler” was disabled, and its sailor was having trouble with repairs. The crew said they had tried to lower a net for the sailor to climb, but high winds stymied them.

The helicopter rescued him about 8:30 a.m. Wednesday.

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