Dec 22, 2009 4:11 PM by Rob Kirkpatrick

Lafayette Based Shipping Company Aids In Gulf Rescue

GALVESTON, Texas (AP) - A boat used by an elderly Houston-area
man sailing to Mexico reached Texas a week after he was rescued in
rough seas.
The Houston Chronicle reports the 32-foot Enchantress was towed
to Galveston on Tuesday.
A Coast Guard helicopter on Dec. 15 hoisted 80-year-old Ken
Ketchum to safety. The rescue, about 115 miles south of Sabine
(suh-BEEN') Pass, came after Ketchum was alone at sea for 10 days.
His sailboat was located 200 miles southeast of Galveston late
Sunday when it drifted into an area covered by a a seismic support
vessel owned by Lafayette, La.,-based Gulf Fleet.
Jim Hedges with Lone Star Yachts, which sold Ketchum the
sailboat, said its emergency radio beacon stopped last Thursday.
Hedges previously said Ketchum went to a homeless shelter after
being treated at a hospital.


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