Father and daughter rescued by Coast Guard and local responders

ST. HELENA SOUND, S.C. — A man and his daughter were rescued by the Coast Guard and Beaufort Marine Rescue Service crews Wednesday night after their kayak began taking on water in the vicinity of St. Helena Sound, South Carolina.

Both mariners were rescued at shortly after 9 p.m., and have no reported medical concerns.

Watchstanders in the Coast Guard Sector Charleston command center were notified by Beaufort County Dispatch at about 8:15 p.m., that a 40-year-old man and his 12-year-old daughter were in the water after their kayak began taking on water and became partially submerged. Dispatchers also reported that the child was wearing a life jacket; however the adult was not.

Both mariners clung to their kayak until help arrived.

A fellow kayaker near the two people in distress reported the situation to the authorities and stayed on scene until responders arrived.

A helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Savannah, Georgia was launched just after 8:40 p.m., to respond. The helicopter crew began the search for the mariners and located them at approximately 9 p.m.

Responders from Beaufort Marine Rescue Service, which includes the Beaufort County Sherriff’s Office and Beaufort County Fire Department, assisted in the rescue. MRS crews were vectored to the location of the distressed mariners and assisted them to safety.

The Coast Guard strongly advises all mariners to wear life jackets at all times during a boating trip. A life jacket greatly increases chances of survival in the event of an emergency. Life jackets come in many styles and shapes, including models for children. For more information on life jackets, visit the Coast Guard’s Boating Safety Resource Center.

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