Coast Guard rescues 2 people from vessel aground in Wassaw Sound

U.S. Coast Guard HH-60 rescue helicopter

USCG file photo

SAVANNAH, Ga. – The Coast Guard rescued two people Tuesday night from a 19-foot vessel that ran aground in Wassaw Sound, south of Tybee Island, Ga.

Rescued was Craig Mike, the owner/ operator, and a crewmember whose name is unknown.

At approximately 6:50 p.m. Coast Guard watchstanders at Coast Guard Station Tybee Island received a cell phone call from one of the vessel’s crewmembers reporting that they had run aground in Wassaw Sound and began taking on water due to high tide.

They also reported that they had lifejackets, but their flares were wet and they had no food or water.

A 25-foot small boat rescue crew from Coast Guard Station Tybee Island and an HH-60 rescue helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Facility Charleston, S.C., deployed to assist the distressed mariners.

Once on scene, the station crew determined that 25-foot rescue boat could not get close enough because of shallow water depth.

The helicopter crew rescued both crewmembers who were hoisted from the vessel at approximately 11:10 p.m. Tuesday. They were transported to shore where a friend was waiting to pick them up. Both people were reported to be in good condition.

Plans for vessel salvage will be made Wednesday morning.

The Coast Guard reminds all mariners that having lifejacket aboard your vessel can greatly increase your chance of survival in an emergency.

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