Coast Guard responds to boaters in distress in Folly Beach, S.C.

7th Coast Guard District News
CHARLESTON, S.C. – The Coast Guard rescued two boaters in distress near Folly Beach, S.C., Wednesday at approximately 10:03 p.m.

Rescued were: Zachary Nelson, 23 from Hollywood, S.C., and Kayla Henry, 22 from Clarksville, Tenn.

Coast Guard Sector Charleston operational watchstanders received reports from Charleston County Dispatch at approximately 8:26 p.m., of three overdue boaters on a 16-foot Hobie Cat sailing vessel.

The operator of the vessel, Collin Merrill, 25 from Hollywood, S.C., swam to shore and met Folly Beach Fire Department and reported that the vessel had its mast stuck to the ocean floor and Nelson and Henry were clinging to the vessel in the water.

The vessel was approximately one mile east of Morris Island Lighthouse.

Coast Guard Station Charleston, S.C., launched two 25-foot Response Boat-Small rescue boat crews and Coast Guard Air Facility Charleston diverted an MH-65 Dolphin air rescue crew to the sailing vessel’s last known position at approximately 9:06 p.m., to locate Nelson and Henry.

At approximately 10:03 p.m. the boaters were located by the MH-65 air rescue crew and were recovered by a 25-foot rescue boat crew.

The boaters were taken to Coast Guard Station Charleston, S.C., where emergency medical response met them.

No fatal injuries were reported.

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