Coast Guard Sector Charleston watchstanders received a notification via phone at approximately 12:15 a.m. from the daughter of one of the men aboard the fishing vessel stating that the 50-foot fishing vessel ran aground.
The Dolphin rescue helicopter crew transported the two men to Fernandina Municipal Airport where the local Emergency Medical Services personnel was standing by.
«It was an extremely challenging rescue due to a dangerous nighttime environment,» said Lt. Patrick Buckley, a pilot on the case. «The flight mechanic and rescue swimmer executed a 50-foot hoist with zero illumination and we were able to safely transport the men back to solid ground.»
No injuries were reported.
Nassau County Sheriff’s Office also responded to the emergency.