ATLANTIC CITY - A French sailor attempting to travel solo from New York to the United Kingdom has been rescued by the Coast Guard after his sailboat began sinking off the southern New Jersey coast.

Officials say Olivier Jehl's 21-foot sailboat hit a submerged object and began sinking early Monday about 90 miles off Atlantic City.

Jehl deployed his emergency raft and used an emergency position-indicating radio beacon to alert searchers and sent up flares to show them his location. An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from the guard's Atlantic City Air Station arrived on scene around 4:40 a.m. and rescued Jehl, who was not injured in the incident.

A telephone number for Jehl could not be located Monday night.