Coast Guard responds to sinking fishing vessel

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – Two people are safe after the 63-foot sport fishing vessel, Absolutely, they were transporting sank about 20 miles east of Myrtle Beach Friday morning.

Jason Miliys, 34, and Jamie Castantine, 33, were aboard the vessel when they radioed for help. Good Samaritan’s, Craig Hancock, Jeremy Cahoon and Josh White, all from Grantsboro, N.C., aboard the fishing vessel Pacifics were in the vicinity of the sinking vessel when they heard the radio transmission and were able to respond. Once on scene, they safely removed Milius and Castantine from the sinking vessel in good condition.

A Coast Guard 41-foot Utility Boat crew picked up the passengers from the Pacifics and transported them to Coast Guard Station Georgetown.

Milius and Castantine were hired to transport the vessel from Lindenhurst, N.Y., to West Palm Beach, Fla. The vessel left this morning from Wrightsville Beach, N.C. and destined for a stop-over in Hilton Head, S.C.

The cause of the incident is under investigation.

The Coast Guard reminds boaters to have the proper emergency equipment aboard that includes an emergency life raft, life jackets and proper signaling equipment as well as a VHF radio.

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