The U.S. Coast Guard has rescued an 80-year-old man from his sailboat in the Gulf of Mexico, 10 days after he left Houston.

A statement from the Coast Guard says the man was onboard a 34-foot sailboat. It says he sent the Coast Guard a distress call around 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday.

Coast Guard Lt. Aaron Mader says the man radioed "that he was unable to fend for himself." A helicopter and rescue plane were dispatched, and the man and his sailboat were found about three hours later about 115 miles south of Sabine.

A Coast Guard spokeswoman said the man's identity was not available.

He was taken to Memorial Hermann Hospital-Southeast in Houston. A hospital spokeswoman says she couldn't release any information.