Coast Guard rescues man, dog from disable vessel

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GEORGETOWN, S.C. — A man and his dog were rescued by a Coast Guard helicopter crew Thursday evening in the vicinity of the South Santee River approximately 10 miles south of Georgetown, S.C.

Watchstanders at the Coast Guard Sector Charleston command center received a distress call at 4:18 p.m., from the owner of the 25-foot sailing vessel Margin. The owner reported his vessel ran aground and was disabled near the South Santee River. The vessel was surrounded by extremely shallow water which made assistance by surface assets impossible.

A crew aboard a MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Coast Guard Air Facility Charleston was launched to assist. The crew arrived on scene and lowered a rescue swimmer to assist the mariner and his dog into the rescue basket. The two were hoisted safely into the helicopter and taken to Georgetown, S.C.

Neither the mariner nor his pet were injured. The owner is scheduled to contract a commercial salvage company to recover the vessel.

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