Coast Guard and Charleston FD conduct joint rescue in Charleston Harbor

Southeastern Coast Guard News
CHARLESTON, S.C. — Crewmembers from Coast Guard Station Charleston and the Charleston Fire Department rescued a man who was hanging onto his sailing vessel after falling overboard in Charleston Harbor, Tuesday.

Coast Guard Station Charleston members along with Charleston Fire Department personnel were conducting joint training in Charleston Harbor aboard a Coast Guard 25-foot Response Boat – Small Tuesday afternoon.

While passing near the Charleston Yacht Club and the Pilot’s Station, the Coast Guardsmen spotted a 12-foot sailing vessel with an adolescent female aboard waving her arms. The Coast Guard boat immediately came alongside the sailing vessel, and the joint crew spotted a man in a life jacket hanging onto the stern of the sailboat.

Two Charleston Fire Department firefighters pulled the man out of the water. The man was not injured but reported he had been hanging onto the boat for nearly two hours. He said the sailing vessel had capsized earlier in the morning and he was able to right the vessel and put his 12-year-old granddaughter back on the boat. The child was reportedly wearing a life jacket. He said due to exhaustion he was unable to get himself out of the water.

After some rest and water, the man brought his sailing vessel back to Charleston Yacht Club Marina where it capsized again. The Coast Guardsmen and firefighters were monitoring the situation and immediately got the man and his granddaughter out of the water and onto the dock.

“Accidents can happen on the water even in good conditions, and wearing a lifejacket is the most important precaution people can take to ensure a safe return,” said Cmdr. Brian LeFebvre, the chief of response at Coast Guard Sector Charleston.

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