Coast Guard rescues man from disabled vessel near Stono Inlet

Coast Guard Air Station Savannah MH-65 file photo

Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter file photo.

CHARLESTON, S.C. — The Coast Guard rescued a man from a disabled vessel Thursday near Stono Inlet.

A Coast Guard Air Facility Charleston MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew arrived on scene, hoisted the man and transported him to Charleston Executive Airport.

Coast Guard Sector Charleston Command Center watchstanders were notified at 9:10 p.m., Wednesday of a disabled 20-foot vessel with two people aboard. Watchstanders issued an Urgent Marine Safety Broadcast (UMIB).

A Charleston Metro marine unit responded to the UMIB and embarked one passenger and a dog. The other passenger advised watchstanders that he wished to remain aboard his vessel and await assistance from a friend in the morning.

At 12:23 a.m., the man stated his anchor was not holding and the vessel was taking on water. Due to location and water depth, the Dolphin crew launched to assist.

No injuries were reported. The vessel owner will arrange salvage.

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