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Coast Guard rescue 3 overdue boaters on Cumberland Island

Coast Guard rescue 3 overdue boaters on Cumberland Island. MH-65 Dolphin Air Station Savannah.
Archive image: a Coast Guard Air Station Savannah MH-65 Dolphin helicopter flies by the Tybee Island Lighthouse March. 15, 2019, as the Cutter Eagle transits down the Savannah River towards Savannah, Georgia. Air Station Savannah welcomed the Eagle crew as they arrived in Savannah for St. Patrick’s Day weekend.
U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Ryan Dickinson.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The Coast Guard Station Mayport and AIRSTA Savannah MH-65 Dolphin crews rescue three overdue boaters on Cumberland Island, Friday.

A U.S. Coast Guard Station Mayport 29-foot Response Boat-Small crew located the three overdue boaters, at 1:36 a.m., on Cumberland Island and transported them to Fernandina boat ramp where Emergency Medical Services (EMS) was waiting.

Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville​ command center​ watchstanders received a report, at 10:04 p.m. Thursday, from Nassau County Dispatch of an overdue 18-foot white vessel with three people on board near St. Mary’s River Inlet. The vessel departed Fernandina boat ramp at 8 a.m. and was scheduled to return from fishing by 7 p.m.

A Coast Guard Station Mayport RB-S crew and an Air Station Savannah MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew launched to assist. A Nassau County Sheriff’s Office Marine Unit also launched to assist.

Archive image: a specially-painted MH-65 Dolphin helicopter sits outside the hangar of Coast Guard Air Station Savannah, Georgia, May 4, 2016, in preparation for the unit’s observance of 100 years of Coast Guard aviation. This helicopter is one of nine to display this particular paint scheme, reminiscent of many early Coast Guard helicopters.
U.S. Coast Guard photo by Lt. Trent Meyers.

After searching, the RB-S crew located and rescued the boaters on Cumberland Island after their vessel sank as a result of inclement weather.

No injuries were reported.

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