Coast Guard Rescues Two from Boat Aground

GEORGETOWN, S.C. – Coast Guard and Murrells Inlet-Garden City Fire Department rescue crews pulled two men from their 25-foot vessel after it ran aground on the jetties at the entrance to Murrells Inlet Friday at approximately 11 p.m.

William Pahlen was aboard the 25-foot vessel with a friend when it ran aground. Pahlen sent a text message to his girlfriend for her to contact the Coast Guard. Pahlen’s girlfriend contacted Coast Guard Station Georgetown at 11:40 p.m. to get help for the men.

The Coast Guard responded with a 25-foot rescue boat from Station Georgetown, and Coast Guard Air Facility Charleston, S.C., launched to assist the boaters. The rescue boat crew from Station Georgetown arrived at the boaters’ position first at 12:30 p.m., and the helicopter returned to base.

The two men on the boat initially intended on waiting for commercial salvage to pick up them and remove their vessel from the jetties. They decided that the cost of salvage was too much and wanted to remain on their vessel.

Coast Guard rescue crews determined that staying on the jetties on the vessel overnight was too dangerous and ordered the men off the boat. A Murrells Inlet-Garden City Fire Department rescue boat crew had to be sent in 3:35 a.m. to get the men because the water was too shallow for the Coast Guard rescue boat.

The firefighters transferred the two boaters over to the Coast Guard rescue crew who transported the boaters to Captain Dick’s Boat Landing, S.C.

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