Coast Guard rescues 3 fishermen near St. Simons Island

A Coast Guard Air Station Savannah MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew rescues three fishermen Thursday, May 18, 2017, after their vessel, the 73-foot Lady Vanessa, began taking on water near St. Simons Island, Georgia. U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of Air Station Savannah.

A Coast Guard Air Station Savannah MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew rescues three fishermen Thursday, May 18, 2017.  U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of Air Station Savannah.

CHARLESTON, S.C. — The Coast Guard rescued three fishermen Thursday after their vessel began taking on water near St. Simons Island, Georgia.

Coast Guard Sector Charleston Command Center watch standers received a call at 1:54 p.m. from a good Samaritan stating the Lady Vanessa, a 73-foot fishing vessel, was taking on water with three people on board.

A Coast Guard Station Brunswick 29-foot Response Boat–Small boatcrew launched and two Coast Guard Air Station Savannah MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crews launched at approximately 2:20 p.m. to assist. The helicopter crew arrived on scene at 2:46 p.m., hoisted the three fishermen and transported them to St. Simons Island Airport to awaiting EMS personnel.

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