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Coast Guard and partner agencies rescue 9 near Daufuskie Island

Coast Guard and partner agencies rescue 9 near Daufuskie Island
Archive image: U.S. Coast Guardsmen assigned to Coast Guard Air Station Savannah, Georgia, guide an MH-65 dolphin helicopter in to the hangar, Feb. 21, 2022.
Air Station Savannah’s area of responsibility cover approximately 450 nautical miles of shoreline from the northern border of South Carolina to Melbourne, Florida.
U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Barry Bena.

CHARLESTON, S.C. — The Coast Guard and partner agencies rescue 9 (7 adults and 2 children) from the water after their 20-foot vessel allided with an oyster bed near Daufuskie Island, Saturday.

A Beaufort County dispatch officer notified Coast Guard Sector Charleston watchstanders at 10:16 p.m., over the phone, stating a 20-foot vessel allided with an oyster bed and ejected seven adults and two children into the water near Daufuskie Island.

A Coast Guard Station Tybee 29-foot Response Boat—Small boatcrew rescued the seven adults and two children from the water and received assistance from the Beaufort County Marine response boat with emergency medical services.

The seven adults and two children were then​ transferred by the RB-S crew and Beaufort County boatcrew to Alljoy Public Dock where EMS was waiting.

The mother and one child were taken to Memorial Health University Physicians – Children’s Care and one person to Memorial Health University Medical Center Emergency Room.​

«Thanks to our training, our crew was able to rescue the seven adults and two children and provide immediate first aid,» said Petty Officer 3rd Class Peter Guarno, Station Tybee boarding officer. «We want to stress the importance of always staying vigilant on the water especially at night due to the decrease in visibility.»

U.S. Coast Guard assets and partner agencies involved in the rescue were:

  • Station Tybee 29-foot Response Boat-Small boatcrew
  • Beaufort County Marine Response Officers

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