Coast Guard Rescues Father and Son Near Charleston Harbor

CHARLESTON, S.C. — The Coast Guard rescued two people near the south jetties in Charleston Harbor around 9 p.m. Saturday.

Peter Hyers, 54, and Christopher Hyers, 22, of Hilton Head Island, S.C., were boating when their sailing vessel ran aground at the Charleston Harbor jetties.

Coast Guard search-and-rescue coordinators at Sector Charleston received a report from a good Samaritan of the grounding around 8 p.m. and immediately launched a smallboat crew from Station Charleston. Once on scene, it was determined the grounded vessel could not be reached due to the shallow depth of water.

A Coast Guard HH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Air Facility Charleston was launched and safely hoisted both men from the grounded vessel.

“We’re fortunate to have received the call from the good Samaritan,” said Lt. Cmdr. Eric King, a search-and-rescue coordinator at Sector Charleston. “The Coast Guard encourages all boaters to have VHF radios so they can contact us if they’re in distress.”

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