Coast Guard Cutter Yellowfin assists vessel 170-miles offshore Charleston, S.C.

7th Coast Guard District NewsCHARLESTON, S.C. – The Coast Guard assisted a disabled vessel 170-miles offshore Charleston, Thursday.

Coast Guard Sector Charleston operational watchstanders received a call from a commercial assistance company Tuesday morning reporting that the 36-foot sailing vessel with one person on board was disabled in 8-foot seas, offshore and requesting assistance.

The sailing vessel Aletheia was transiting from Marathon, Fla. to Bermuda.

Communications were established via satellite phone, and the Coast Guard Cutter Yellowfin were dispatched to assist at approximately 9:26 p.m., Tuesday.

Yellowfin crewmembers located the Aletheia at approximately 6:18 a.m., Wednesday and successfully completed the tow back to Charleston at 10:12 a.m., Thursday.

No medical concerns were reported.

With National Safe Boating Week commencing nationwide this Saturday a local kickoff is to take place in Mount Pleasant, S.C.

Boaters are reminded the importance of safety equipment aboard vessels such as life jackets, proper communication equipment, and the benefits of owning an Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon.

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