Coast Guard rescues man from sandbar

CHARLESTON, S.C. – A Coast Guard aircrew rescued a man from the ocean Saturday at approximately 8:00 p.m. after becoming trapped on a sandbar approximately 30 yards off Kiawah Island, S.C.

The man was walking on the beach and as the tide rose he became trapped on the sandbar.

Search and rescue coordinators at Coast Guard Sector Charleston were notified of the trapped man at approximately 6:15 p.m. from a family member. The trapped man had a cell phone and was able to alert family close by. A MH-65 helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Savannah, Ga., deployed to Coast Guard Air Facility Charleston, responded immediately and plucked the man from waist deep water.

The man was transported to awaiting EMS at Air Facility Charleston where he was reported to be in good condition.

Also assisting with the search was a Charleston County marine-rescue-service boat crew.

During this time of year, the temperature of Charleston-area ocean water is approximately 50 degrees. The Coast Guard reminds everyone that cold water can quickly cause hypothermia and disorientation. Although the survivor was near shore, it was dark, he was trapped in cold water and he was alone. Please excercise caution when you are around the water.

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