Coast Guard rescues 2 boaters from disabled boat near Isle of Palms, S.C.

CHARLESTON, S.C. – The Coast Guard rescued two men from a disabled boat after it drifted into a marsh one-mile west of Isle of Palms, S.C., Tuesday.

A Coast Guard Sector Charleston watchstander notified a Coast Guard HH-65 Dolphin rescue helicopter crew from Air Facility Charleston of a boat firing red flares approximately one-mile west of Isle of Palms, Tuesday at about 3:15 p.m. The rescue helicopter crew arrived on scene and determined that the boat was grounded in thick mud.

The two men were hoisted to the helicopter in good condition, and required no medical assistance. They were transported to Coast Guard Air Facility Charleston located at Charleston Executive Airport where family members met them.

The Coast Guard has rescued seven boaters from three separate maritime emergencies in the Charleston area since Saturday. The Coast Guard reminds all recreational boaters and professional mariners to have the proper safety and signaling gear aboard in case of an emergency. Suggested safety equipment includes a registered Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB), life jackets, and a marine band radio. The combination of a properly registered EPIRB’s, life jackets, signal flares and marine band radios save lives.

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