The old man (and his dog) and the sea

After so much grim news from Japan, today we bring you the dramatic helicoptor rescue off the coast of Mexico that saved an elderly man and his little terrier from their crippled sailboat.

The 77-year-old sailor tried to summon help but high seas 120 miles off the coast prohibited rescuers from reaching him by water. So the U.S. Coast Guard launched a helocopter rescue that brought the two to safety in San Diego.

ABC News has the report and video: