JACKSONVILLE, Fla.— A Coast Guard Air Station Savannah MH-65 Dolphin aircrew rescue a man after his sailboat capsized in Ossabaw Sound, Georgia. Wednesday, March 22, 2023.
The MH-65 Dolphin Short-Range Recovery Helicopter (SRR) aircrew arrived on the scene, deployed the rescue swimmer, hoisted the sailor Chris Dawson off the hull of the 33-foot sailing vessel Gypsy Wind and headed to land to transported him to Hunter Army Airfield where local emergency medical services (EMS) were waiting.
Dawson contacted U.S. Coast Guard Sector Charleston command center watchstanders via VHF-FM channel 16 at 6:40 p.m., stating his sailboat was taking on water and hitting the rocks in Ossabaw Sound.
No injuries were reported.
“The Coast Guard takes distress calls extremely serious,» said Lt. Jeff Batchelder, the MH-65 Dolphin rescue helicopter commander on the case. «This individual is the prime example of why making an accurate and timely radio call is important. Had he not transmitted that first radio call this may have been a grave outcome.”
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