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Coast Guard MH-65 medevac captain from aground boat in Santee Bay

Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin medevac captain from aground boat in Santee Bay
Archive image (03.15.2020): MH-65 Dolphin helicopter 6598 at Air Station Savannah, Georgia, was constructed in 1980 and is considered the Coast Guard’s Queen of the Helicopter Fleet as designated by the gold tail number.
Coast Guard Air Station Savannah’s area of responsibility extends from the norther border of South Carolina to Melbourne, Florida, or approximately 450 miles.
U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Barry Bena.

CHARLESTON, S.C. – A Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin rescue helicopter aircrew medevac a captain from a 40-foot pontoon vessel with 19 passengers aboard in Santee Bay, the Tuesday.

The Coast Guard Air Station Savannah with an MH-65 Dolphin Short-Range Recovery (SRR) helicopter aircrew safely hoisted the captain into the aircraft and transferred him to Georgetown Memorial Hospital where received advanced medical assistance.

At approximately 5 p.m., Coast Guard Sector Charleston watchstanders received a call from a good Samaritan stating a pontoon boat with 19 passengers ran aground and the captain of the vessel was unconscious.​

A Coast Guard Aids to Navigation Team Georgetown 26-foot Trailerable Aids to Navigation Boat crew and a South Carolina Department of Natural Resources small boat assisted in removing the passengers from the beach.​

A U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Savannah MH-65 Dolphin rescue helicopter aircrew medevac a man from a 40-foot pontoon boat near Santee Bay, Oct. 20, 2020. The man was transported to Georgetown Memorial Hospital for advanced medical care.
U.S. Coast Guard video by Air Station Savanah.

The sister pontoon boat arrived on scene and transferred the passengers to Georgetown Landing Marina.

No medical concerns were reported with the passengers.

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