Coast Guard, local partners rescue boater from disabled vessel near Charleston

A disabled sailing vessel sits grounded on a jetty near Charleston, S.C., Nov. 23, 2018. U. S. Coast Guard photo.

A disabled sailing vessel sits grounded on a jetty near Charleston, S.C., Nov. 23, 2018. U. S. Coast Guard photo.

CHARLESTON, S.C. — The Coast Guard and local partners rescued one boater Thursday from a sailing vessel near Charleston.

The 27-foot sailing vessel “Hay Seed” became disabled and drifted into the Charleston Harbor south jetty.

A Coast Guard Air Station Savannah MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew noticed flares while on patrol at 7:30 p.m. and diverted to investigate. Local agencies, including the Charleston Fire Department, arrived on scene but were unable to reach the vessel due to severe weather conditions. The Dolphin crew hoisted the boater and transported him to Coast Guard Air Facility Charleston at approximately 9 p.m.

The boater was reported to be in good condition with no medical concerns.

The vessel is being monitored while the owner creates a salvage plan.

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