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MILAN (AP) — Italy’s Coast Guard says it coordinated the rescue of three French sailors whose boat sank in high waves 150 miles (241 kilometers) from the coast of Calabria.

The coast guard said Thursday that the sailors, aged 70 to 91, managed to climb aboard a safety raft to await rescue on Wednesday.

An Italian-flagged mercantile ship in the area was the first to reach the shipwrecked sailors, bringing them onboard. The coast guard said they were in good health, and will travel with the ship to its destination of Salerno, reaching port later Thursday.

Authorities said the 12-meter (39-foot) boat sank due to “a fury of waves, which in a short time, made the boat uncontrollable due to the large quantity of water on board, forcing the crew to abandon ship.”