Boater safe after vessel capsizes in Murrells Inlet, S.C.

Southeastern Coast Guard NewsCHARLESTON, S.C. – A boater is safe after a U.S. Coast Guard boatcrew from Station Georgetown, S.C., rescued him after his vessel capsized in Murrells Inlet, Saturday.

A good Samaritan at the Garden City Pier notified search-and-rescue controllers at Coast Guard Sector Charleston at approximately 5:50 p.m., Saturday, stating that the boater was seen treading water after his 14-foot Catamaran had capsized offshore.

A 25-foot rescue boatcrew from Coast Guard Station Georgetown and an MH-65 Dolphin air rescue crew from Coast Guard Air Facility Charleston were launched to the scene at approximately 5:57 p.m.

Horry County Police Department rescue crews also assisted with the search.

The catamaran was located by the air rescue crew at approximately 7:18 p.m., one-half mile offshore.

The boater was located at approximately 7:29 p.m., one-quarter mile from the vessel and was reported to be wearing a life jacket.

The 25-foot rescue boatcrew brought the boater aboard via heaving lines and transported him to awaiting Emergency Medical Services at the Murrells Inlet Landing. No injuries were reported.

The Coast Guard reminds all boaters to be prepared in case of an emergency by ensuring that everyone aboard is wearing a life jacket. Wearing a life jacket helps ensure a boater stays afloat, significantly increasing the ability to survive in unpredictable accidents.

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