Coast Guard Assists Boat Taking on Water

CHARLESTON, S.C. – The Coast Guard assisted a 26-foot boat with three people aboard taking on water at the BP-25 artificial reef Sunday afternoon.

Jason Lynch and his two passengers radioed the Coast Guard over VHF channel 16 that they were taking on water and needed assistance. A helicopter from Air Facility Charleston diverted to the vessel taking on water, and a small boat from Coast Guard Station Georgetown, S.C., launched to assist as well.

The three men managed to control the amount of water entering the boat and started to make their way back to land. The Coast Guard helicopter followed the vessel until station Georgetown’s small boat arrived to escort the vessel to shore.

Lynch’s boat made it back to Merrills Inlet, S.C., under its own power and was taken out of the water. The three men were wearing their life jackets.

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