Coast Guard rescues man from sinking vessel off Edisto Beach

CHARLESTON, S.C. – A Coast Guard helicopter crew rescued a man at approximately 12 a.m. Friday after his 30-foot sailing vessel began to take on water 13 miles east of Edisto Beach, S.C.

Rescued was Tolga Deniz, 37, from the Republic of Turkey.

Deniz hailed Coast Guard watchstanders via VHF channel 16 radio at 11:05 p.m. Thursday. He reported his vessel, Foreign Exchange, was sinking and he needed assistance. An HH-65 helicopter crew from Air Facility Charleston and a rescue boat crew from Coast Guard Station Charleston immediately deployed to assist the distressed mariner.

At 12:05 a.m. Friday, Deniz was airlifted to safety and transported to shore where a local friend was awaiting his return. He was reported to be in good condition. The condition of the sinking vessel in unknown and being investigated.

Deniz had recently purchased Foreign Exchange, in Charleston, and was en route to Florida to have the vessel shipped overseas.

The Coast Guard reminds all boaters, professional or recreational, to take extra precaution when alone on a watercraft. For more information on boating safety, please visit

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