Coast Guard rescues 8 boaters from grounded vessel near Capers Island

CHARLESTON, S.C. — The Coast Guard rescued eight boaters Saturday from a grounded 21-foot recreational boat near Capers Island, South Carolina.

Coast Guard Sector Charleston Command Center watchstanders were notified at 2:40 a.m. via 911 dispatch that a center-console boat had run aground on a sandbar.

A Coast Guard Air Station Savannah MH-65 Dolphin rescue helicopter crew launched and arrived on scene at 3:50 a.m. Rescue crews hoisted four boaters and transported them to Mount Pleasant Regional Airport. The rescue crew later returned to hoist the four remaining boaters.

All boaters were reported to be in good condition.

The vessel is being salvaged and there are no signs of pollution.

Coast Guard Station Charleston and Isle of Palm Fire Rescue also responded.

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