Coast Guard rescues 4 fishermen 65-miles southeast of Savannah

SAVANNAH, Ga. – A Coast Guard search and rescue crew rescued four people from a life raft 65-miles southeast of Savannah Friday evening.

James Mincey, 45, from Little River, S.C., Dean R. Ronald Jr., 32, from Towns, Ga., Patrick H. Craig, 33, from Jacksonville, Fla., and James R. Zorn, 50, from Myrtle Beach, S.C., were rescued by Coast Guard Air Station Savannah off of the 45-foot commercial fishing vessel Old Smokey, which is based out of Little River, S.C. The four members were aboard the vessel when they called out for help as their vessel began to take on water.

The 700-foot merchant vessel Tamesis relayed the mayday call and stayed nearby to relay information to the Coast Guard until help arrived. The Coast Guard search and rescue crew arrived on scene at 5:30 p.m. and was able to load each individual one at time aboard the helicopter. The entire crew was out of the water and aboard the rescue helicopter by 6:10 p.m.

The crew was taken back to Air Station Savannah in good condition.

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