Coast Guard medically evacuates man from Darien River after collision

BRUNSWICK, Ga. – The Coast Guard medically evacuated a 24-year-old man from a disabled 17-foot boat in the Darien River, Ga., at approximately 12:15 a.m. Thursday.

John Rebush, of Darien, Ga., was en route to Doboy Island, Ga., when his vessel collided with an unknown object in the water. The boaters then contacted the McIntosh County, Ga., Sheriff’s department via cell phone at approximately 11:10 p.m. for assistance. The distress was then relayed to the Coast Guard.

A Coast Guard helicopter crew from Air Station Savannah, Ga., arrived on scene and medically evacuated Brown from the vessel with a possible broken ankle to Southeast Georgia Regional Medical Center in Brunswick.

In addition, a 25-foot Coast Guard response boat crew, from Coast Guard Station Brunswick, transported two other people from the vessel to shore in good condition.

The Coast Guard reminds all boaters to be safe on the water. Maintain all safety equipment and always wear a lifejacket. Keeping a communication source available to reach people on shore can save your life.

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