Coast Guard rescues 2 boaters near Jeckyll Island, Ga., after catamaran capsizes

7th Coast Guard District NewsBRUNSWICK, Ga,. – The Coast Guard rescued two boaters from the Cumberland Sound near Jeckyll Island, Ga., Friday.

Search and rescue controllers at Coast Guard Sector Charleston, S.C., were notified of a maritime distress by the operator of an 18-foot catamaran at about 4:26 p.m., Friday, via a handeld VHF marine band radio.

Eric Weller, 52, reported that he and another passenger had capsized in the Cumberland Sound near Jeckyll Island.

A Coast Guard Station Brunswick 25-foot rescue boat crew and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources responded. The Coast Guard rescued the boaters from the water at approximately 4:50 p.m. The Coast Guard and Georgia DNR response crews righted the capsized catamaran, and the boaters transited back to shore under thier own power.

This rescue illustrates the importance of safety equipment such as a handeld VHF marineband radio. These waterproof devices can be used to communicate directly with the Coast Guard via Channel 16, the international maritime distress channel. Click here for additional information on available boating safety resources.

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