Coast Guard rescues 2 men from aground vessel in St Mary’s Inlet

A Coast Guard Air Station Savannah MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew rescued two men whos fishing vessel ran aground in St. Mary's inlet August 20, 2020, in Jacksonville, Florida. The two men were unable to be reached by boat, due to the dangerous nighttime environment and quickly changing tide. (U.S. Coast Guard Photo)

A Coast Guard Air Station Savannah helicopter crew rescued two men after their fishing vessel ran aground in St. Mary’s inlet August 20, 2020, in Jacksonville, Florida.  (U.S. Coast Guard Photo)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The Coast Guard rescued two men after their fishing vessel ran aground in St Mary’s Inlet, Thursday.

A Coast Guard Air Station Savannah MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew arrived on scene and hoisted the two men to safety.

Coast Guard Sector Charleston watchstanders received notification via phone at approximately 12:15 a.m. from the daughter of one of the men aboard the fishing vessel stating that the 50-foot fishing vessel ran aground.

The two men were transported to Fernandina Municipal Airport where local EMS was standing by.

“It was an extremely challenging rescue due to a dangerous nighttime environment,” said Lt. Patrick Buckley, a pilot on the case. “The flight mechanic and rescue swimmer executed a 50-foot hoist with zero illumination and we were able to safely transport the men back to solid ground.”

No injuries were reported.

Nassau County Sheriff’s Office also responded.

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