Chile Brings Rescued US Sailor Back To Shore

Published January 9, 2012 7:36PM (EST)

VALPARAISO, Chile (AP) — An 84-year-old American sailor waved a Chilean flag in gratitude on arrival in Valparaiso, Chile, after the country's navy rescued him in the remote South Pacific.

Thomas Louis Corogin was forced to give up on his seventh attempt to sail solo around the tip of South America when cracks in his mast made it impossible for him to raise his sails.

The sailor and lawyer from Port Clinton, Ohio, activated his distress signal and the Chilean navy answered his call.

A smiling Corogin says he feels great as the navy frigate Blanca Escalada tied up at the dock Monday. A U.S. diplomat and a crowd of media were there to greet him.

By Salon Staff

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