Coast Guard Rescues Four At Entrance to Charleston Harbor

CHARLESTON, S.C. – Four boaters were rescued by the Coast Guard after their vessel ran aground near the jetties on the southern portion of the Charleston Harbor entrance today at approximately 4:20 p.m.

Anne Sinkinson, 52, from Gloucester, Mass., Elizabeth Sinkinson, 27, of Charleston, and Mary Taylor, 55, from Tennington, N.J., were on a 33-foot vessel piloted by C. Lucas Drake, 43, of Charleston when the vessel ran aground on a sandbar near the south jetties. The Vessel was tipped to one side and water waves were crashing into the vessel with the four aboard.

A nearby boater called Coast Guard Sector Charleston for assistance for the four boaters on the foundering vessel. Sector launched a rescue boat from Station Charleston and a rescue helicopter from Air Facility Charleston to assist the boaters. A nearby Towboat US salvage vessel joined in the effort.

The 33-foot vessel was in water too shallow for the rescue or salvage boats to get to safely. The four were having difficulty getting to their lifejackets, so the aircrew was brought in to hoist the four to safety.

The helicopter’s rescue swimmer jumped into the river near the vessel and swam to the grounded vessel. Then one-by-one the flight mechanic in the helicopter and the rescue swimmer hoisted the four to the helicopter using a hoist basket.

The four were hoisted to safety and brought to Air Facility Charleston at Charleston Executive Airport on Johns Island, S.C. The four boaters were not injured during the incident.

The vessel was salvaged by Tow Boat US, and there is no report of pollution from vessel.

The boaters were returning to Charleston Harbor after a boating trip offshore. The seas where the boaters ran aground were approximately three feet with 17-mph winds and a water temperature of approximately 65 degrees.

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