Coast Guard, partner agencies rescue 5 after vessel allides with Charleston jetty

Coast Guard, partner agencies rescue 5 after vessel allides with Charleston jetty. MH-65 Dolphin Air Station Savannah on search and rescue demo in Charleston.
Archive image: a Coast Guard Air Station Savannah MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew conducts a search and rescue demonstration in front of the Coast Guard Cutter James Feb. 19, 2020, in Charleston, South Carolina. The demonstration was performed for members of the media attending the State of the Coast Guard Address in Charleston.
U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Ryan Dickinson.

CHARLESTON, S.C. — The Coast Guard along with partner agencies rescue five people after the vessel they were on allided with the southern Charleston jetty, Sunday.

The​ North Charleston Fire Department arrived on scene and safely removed all five people from the vessel and transferred them to a Coast Guard Station Charleston​ 45-foot Response Boat—Medium​ which transported them to Ripley Light Marina.

At approximately 2:10 a.m.,​ Coast Guard Sector Charleston​ received a report from Sea Tow that the Strike Finder, a 52-foot sport fisher, had allided with the southern Charleston jetty with five people aboard.

A Station Charleston RB-M boat crew, an Air Facility Charleston MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew and various partner agency assets launched to assist.

Sector Charleston watchstanders contacted the M/V MSC Antonia, which was making its inbound transit, and the pilot aboard reported he could see a sport fisher on the southern jetty. Watchstanders were able to get in touch with one of the persons aboard the sport fisher via cell phone and who reported they were stuck on the southern jetty, taking on water and wearing life jackets.

There were no reported injuries and the vessel owner will arrange salvage.

The cause of the incident is under investigation by the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources.​

“The immediate and swift response of our Coast Guard boat and helicopter crews along with our Charleston area maritime partners was vital in safely rescuing all five people from the vessel,” said Petty Officer 3rd Class Reilly Taggart, Sector Charleston Command Center Watchstander. “This case is a good example of how we regularly work together with many different agencies to respond to those in need.”

Coast Guard, partner agencies rescue 5 after vessel allides with Charleston jetty.
The Strike Finder, a 52-foot sport fisher, rests on rocks after alliding with the sourthern Charleston jetty March 22, 2020, in Charleston, South Carolina. Coast Guard Station Charleston, Air Facility Charleston and partner agencies responded and rescued all five people aboard and safely transported them to Ripely Light Marina.
U.S. Coast Guard photo.

Involved in the rescue were:

  • Coast Guard Station Charleston
  • Coast Guard Air Facility Charleston
  • South Carolina Department of Natural Resources
  • North Charleston Fire Department
  • Sullivan’s Island Fire Department
  • Mount Pleasant Fire Department
  • Charleston Fire Department
  • Charleston Pilots
  • TowBoat U.S.
  • Sea Tow

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