Coast Guard rescues three from disabled vessel in Bulls Bay

CHARLESTON, S.C. – The Coast Guard rescued three boaters from a disabled vessel in Bulls Bay, S.C., Saturday at approximately 3:10 a.m.

Coast Guard watchstanders received a relayed distress call from 911 dispatchers at 1:30 a.m. Saturday reporting three people were stranded on a disabled 17-foot unnamed Glassmaster boat.

An HH-65 rescue helicopter crew from Air Facility Charleston and a rescue boat crew from South Carolina Department of Natural Resources immediately deployed to help the stranded mariners.

Robby Marrision, owner and operator of the vessel from McClellanville, S.C., and his two crewmembers were airlifted by the Coast Guard helicopter crew and transported to Mt. Pleasant Airport, S.C., where they were met by emergency medical personnel.

The men were reported to be in fair condition.

The Coast Guard recommends that boaters have a VHF radio on board their vessel and not rely on only cell phone coverage when on the water. The Coast Guard also recommends that boaters have an emergency positioning indicating radio beacon on board to let search and rescue crews know exactly where you are in times of distress.

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