Coast Guard rescues 5 after vessel allides with Savannah jetty

Passengers aboard the Nauty Thoughts, a 57-foot motor yacht, are helped onto a Coast Guard Station Tybee Island Response Boat – Medium after alliding with the North Savanah jetties May 26, 2020, in Savannah, Georgia. Coast Guard Air Station Savannah rescue swimmer was lowered to assist the passengers in transferring safely to the RB-M. (U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of Air Station Savannah)

Passengers aboard the Nauty Thoughts, a 57-foot motor yacht, are helped onto a Coast Guard Station Tybee Island Response Boat–Medium after alliding with the North Savanah jetties May 26, 2020, in Savannah, Georgia (U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of Air Station Savannah)

SAVANNAH, Ga. — The Coast Guard rescued five people after the vessel they were on allided with the north Savannah jetties, Monday.

Crews aboard a Coast Guard Station Tybee Island 45-foot Response Boat–Medium and a Coast Guard Air Station Savannah MH-65 Dolphin helicopter arrived on scene, safely removed all five people from the vessel, transferred them to the RB-M, and were transported to Station Tybee Island in good condition.

At approximately 10:55 p.m. Monday, Coast Guard Sector Charleston watchstanders received a VHF Channel 16 report for TowBoat assistance from the 57-foot motor yacht Nauty Thoughts crew stating they had struck the jetties and were aground and taking on water with five people aboard.

A Station Tybee Island RB-M boat crew and an Air Station Savannah Dolphin helicopter crew were directed to launch to assist. TowBoat Savannah personnel also launched to assist.

Once on scene, the Dolphin aircrew lowered a rescue swimmer who safely assisted the vessel’s passengers, who were all wearing life jackets, onto the RB-M.

The vessel lost stability rapidly and could not be salvaged by TowBoat Savannah. There were no reported injuries.

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