Coast Guard rescues 4 boaters off the coast of Charleston, S.C.

CHARLESTON, S.C. – A 41-foot rescue boat crew from Coast Guard Station Charleston rescued 4 boaters shortly after 5 p.m., Sunday, approximately 15-miles east of Charleston Harbor.

The Coast Guard was notified of a maritime distress signal off the coast of Charleston Harbor at 4:06 p.m. via an Electronic Position Indicating Radio Beacon or EPIRB. An HH-65 Dolphin rescue helicopter crew from Air Facility Charleston responded to the location of the distress signal and located 4 boaters aboard a 23-foot recreational boat taking on water. The 41-foot rescue boat crew from Station Charleston arrived on scene shortly thereafter and removed all 4 passengers at about 5:08 p.m. Sunday.

In addition, the rescue boat crew successfully located and patched the hole taking on water and placed the disabled boat in tow. The crew and passengers are currently en-route to Charleston Harbor.

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.

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