Coast Guard Rescues Three On Winyah Bay

CHARLESON, S.C. – The Coast Guard rescued three boaters whose vessel had run aground on the North Jetty at the entrance to Winyah Bay, S.C., today at approximately 3:30 a.m.

Joseph Huberman of Raleigh, N.C., Glen Howell of Raleigh and Paul Horton of Austin, Texas, were aboard the 46-foot catamaran when it ran aground. The trio called for help on their cell phone.

Coast Guard rescue coordinators from Sector Charleston launched a rescue boat from Coast Guard Station Georgetown, S.C., and rescue helicopter from Air Facility Charleston to assist the three men. The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources also launched a vessel to assist the three men.

The 25-foot rescue boat from Coast Guard Station Georgetown couldn’t get close enough to the catamaran because of pounding eight-foot seas. The Coast Guard rescue helicopter crew was able to make it to the vessel’s position and lower the helicopter rescue swimmer to the vessel.

The crew of the rescue helicopter hoisted the men to safety and transported them to Georgetown County Airport. The men didn’t suffer any injuries from the incident.

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