Coast Guard Rescues Stranded Charleston Boaters

CHARLESTON, S.C. – The Coast Guard rescued two boaters after their vessel went aground in the vicinity of Morris Island, S.C.,Thursday evening.

Charleston resident Rick Gavin, and his passenger, were on a 28-foot boat when it became grounded in the surf. Gavin contacted and passed his position to Sea-Tow using his cellular phone who then contacted search-and-rescue watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Charleston and requested assistance.

An HH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Coast Guard Air Facility Charleston launched to locate the stranded boaters. The aircrew from the helicopter spotted and hoisted the men at approximately 10 p.m. They were brought to Coast Guard Air Facility Charleston and were reported to be in good condition.

“The Coast Guard recommends that boaters have a working marine VHF radio aboard their vessels,” said Lt. Morgan Roper, a Sector Charleston duty officer. “Though the cell phone worked this time and the boaters were successfully rescued, cell phones are not always reliable and can become inoperable in a marine environment.”

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