Coast Guard to rescue 4 people stranded 60 miles off South Carolina coast

CHARLESTON, S.C. – The Coast Guard is en route to rescue four people Wednesday who are aboard a 46-foot disabled sailing vessel approximately 60-miles off the coast of Little River, S.C.

The names of the people aboard are unknown at this time.

At about 4 a.m. Wednesday Coast Guard watchstanders received a Channel 16 VHF radio hail reporting that the sailing vessel, Cheeseburger, was experiencing engine failure and low battery power. Soon after the vessel’s distress and position were reported Coast Guard watchstanders lost communication with the people aboard Cheeseburger.

A Coast Guard MH-65 rescue helicopter crew from Air Facility Charleston deployed to obtain a visual on the distressed mariners. They were located and given a hand-held radio to communicate with Coast Guard watchstanders. In addition, a 47-foot small-boat rescue crew from Coast Guard Station Oak Island, N.C., and the 87-foot Coast Guard Cutter Yellowfin, homeported in Charleston, are en-route to the vessel.

All four people aboard Cheeseburger are reported to be in good condition and have plenty of food and water aboard the vessel. The Coast Guard was expected to arrive on scene at approximately 11 a.m.

The Coast Guard reminds all mariners on the importance of safeguarding themselves in the event of a maritime emergency. Lifejackets, marine band radios, signaling equipment such as flares, and food and water are vital safeguards to safety at sea. In addition, keep a registered emergency position indicating radio beacon aboard your vessel to assist rescue crews in pinpointing the vessel’s location in an emergency. For more information about EPIRBs please click here.

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