Coast Guard rescues 2 after Catamaran capsizes in Charleston Harbor

CHARLESTON, S.C. – The Coast Guard rescued two boaters Friday clinging to the side of a capsized catamaran in Charleston Harbor.

The Coast Guard was notified Friday at approximately 2:05 p.m. from a crewmember aboard the Spirit of Charleston, a local dinner cruise ship, that a catamaran had capsized in Charleston Harbor near Ft. Sumter. A Coast Guard Station Charleston 25-foot rescue boat crew launched and arrived on-scene about 2:17 p.m. locating two boaters clinging to the side of the catamaran. Both boaters were wearing lifejackets at the time of the rescue.

The rescue crew was able to right the vessel and place it in tow, where it will be transported ashore.

This rescue illustrates the vital importance of safety equipment for all seasoned and recreational boaters. The Coast Guard recommends the use of a registered EPIRB, PPIRB, fully functioning marine band radio and proper use of life jackets. For further information on available lifesaving equipment, visit the Coast Guard’s Boating Safety website.

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