Coast Guardsmen assist 3 boaters after vessel begins flooding near Charleston

Southeastern Coast Guard News
CHARLESTON, S.C. – A Coast Guard boatcrew from Station Charleston rescued three boaters Saturday morning after their boat began taking on water about 5 miles south of the Charleston jetties.

The boaters used a VHF marine radio to call for help at 7:10 a.m., reporting their 21-foot center console boat was flooding due to a hole in the transom.

The Coast Guard Cutter Hawk, an 87-foot Coastal Patrol Boat based in St. Petersburg, Fla., that was patrolling in the area diverted to assist, and a boatcrew from Coast Guard Station Charleston launched.

When the Hawk and the station boatcrew arrived, the Coast Guardsmen transferred all three people to the 29-foot Coast Guard boat then began dewatering the vessel. Once the flooding was under control, the Coast Guardsmen placed the vessel in tow and took it and the three boaters to a boat landing in Charleston.

There were no injuries reported and all three boaters declined medical treatment.

The Coast Guard urges all boaters to carry a VHF marine radio as a primary means of communication on the water. VHF radios are more reliable than cell phones in the marine environment, and when a distress call is broadcast on a VHF radio, other boaters who are in the area may hear it and arrive sooner than first responders.

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