Coast Guard rescues two people, dog from sinking vessel in Altamaha Sound near Brunswick

BRUNSWICK, Ga. – A Coast Guard HH-65 Dolphin rescue helicopter crew from Air Station Savannah, Ga., rescued two people and a dog Friday from a sinking vessel in Altamaha Sound near Brunswick.

Rescued were Gary Jones, Celest Johnson and their dog, all natives of Jacksonville, Fla.

Air Station Savannah Air Facility CharlestonCoast Guard watchstanders were notified by a good Samaritan via VHF radio at approximately 8:33 p.m. that the 65-foot shrimp boat “Leo” had ran aground, was taking on water and beginning to break up.

A small-boat rescue crew from Coast Guard Station Brunswick and an HH-65 helicopter crew deployed to assist the distressed mariners.

The Coast Guard rescue helicopter aircrew arrived on-scene at approximately 9:37 p.m. and hoisted Jones, Johnson and the dog into the helicopter where they were transported to the air station. The three survivors were reported to be in good condition.

Jones reported that his shrimp net had become tangled in Leo’s propeller and when Jones deployed the anchor it caused the vessel to run aground near the jetties.

The Coast Guard reminds all mariners that wearing a lifejacket, even when close to shore, can mean the difference between life and death.

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