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Coast Guard rescue 2 sailors in Sapelo Sound

Coast Guard rescue 2 sailors in Sapelo Sound
Coast Guard Air Station Savannah MH-65 helicopter aircrew take a photo with the two men they rescued, April 29, 2022, in Savannah, Georgia.
The aircrew was conducting training in the vicinity where the sailing vessel Valkyrie became aground with two men on board.
U.S. Coast Guard photo.

CHARLESTON, S.C. — A Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin aircrew rescue two men the Friday after the sailing vessel Valkyrie became aground on a sandbar in Sapelo Sound, Georgia.​

A​ Coast Guard Air Station Savannah​ MH-65 Dolphin Short-Range Recovery Helicopter (SRR) aircrew rescued the two men​ from the water and transported them to Hunter Army Airfield with no medical concerns.​

The captain of the sailing vessel Valkyrie contacted Coast Guard Sector Charleston watchstanders at 4:22 p.m., via VHF-FM channel 16 stating the Valkyrie had run aground.

Immediately the watchstanders launched an MH-65 Dolphin aircrew to rescue the two sailors in Sapelo Sound area, stranded on a sandbank.

Coast Guard Air Station Savannah MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew rescued two men after their sailing vessel Valkyrie became aground, April 29, 2022, in Sapelo Sound, Georgia.
The rescue helicopter crew hoisted both men and transferred them to Hunter Army Airfield with no medical concerns.
U.S. Coast Guard video.
U.S. Coast Guard Southeast.
U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Savannah.
Department of Homeland Security.

Once on the scene the rescue helicopter aircrew deployed the rescue swimmer and hoisted the two men in a rescue basket.

«The two men on board the Valkyrie did a great job being descriptive while calling out for help,» said Lt. Sam Ingham, Coast Guard Air Station Savannah, aircraft commander. «The sandbars along the East Coast change often, and anyone can run aground. It’s best to always be prepared for the worst.»

Coast Guard rescue 2 sailors in Sapelo Sound
U.S. Coast Guard photo.

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