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Coast Guard assists vessel taking on water 60 miles southeast of Charleston

Coast Guard assists vessel taking on water 60 miles southeast of Charleston. MH-65 Dolphin Air Station Savannah. HH-65C Dolphin.
Archive image: a rescue swimmer from Air Station Savannah, hooked in by a harness to a 3/8-inch steel cable, is pulled back up to an HH-65 Dolphin (MH-65) helicopter after conducting helicopter operations training with Coast Guard Station Charleston.
U.S. Coast Guard photo by PA1 Scott Carr.

CHARLESTON, S.C. — Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter and RB-M assisted a vessel taking on water 60 miles southeast of Charleston, Thursday.

A Coast Guard Air Facility Charleston MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew transferred a dewatering pump to the vessel and a Coast Guard Station Charleston 45-foot Response Boat–Medium crew transported the two crew members ashore once the vessel flooding was secured.

Coast Guard Sector Charleston command center watchstanders received a report at 10:20 p.m. via VHF Channel 16 from the Norris L, a 44-foot fishing vessel, stating they were taking on water with two people aboard.

The Dolphin aircrew launched to assist with a dewatering pump on board.

Once on scene, the Dolphin aircrew lowered the pump and a rescue swimmer to help set it up. The water level appeared to lower and a handheld radio was transferred to the Norris L by the aircrew before they departed the scene due to fuel. The Norris L crew stated they would begin heading back to port once the water was down below the batteries and alternator.

A Station Charleston RB-M crew launched to assist due to intermittent communication between Sector Charleston and the Norris L crew.

The RB-M crew arrived on scene at 4:48 a.m. Friday, embarked the two crew members and transported them to shore. The Norris L was left at anchor with navigation lights energized and the owner is arranging for a sister ship to tow it into port.

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