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Coast Guard rescue 56-year-old man from disabled, aground sailboat near Sapelo Sound

Coast Guard rescues 56-year-old man from disabled, aground sailboat near Sapelo Sound. MH-65 Dolphin Air Station Savannah. HH-65C Dolphin.
Archive image: a U.S. Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter based out of Air Station Savannah, Ga., prepares to take off the 270-foot Coast Guard Cutter Harriet Lane, home ported in Portsmouth, Va. The helicopter is used by the Coast Guard for medical evacuation on land or at sea as needed. These forces are here supporting a Multinational Interim Force which is assisting in providing safety and stability for the country.
U.S. Coast Guard photo by PA3 Andrew Kendrick

SAVANNAH, Ga. — The​ Coast Guard rescue a 56-year-old man after his sailboat, Rosa Vessia, became disabled and aground near Sapelo Sound, Sunday.

A​ Coast Guard Air Station Savannah​ MH-65 Dolphin helicopter​ crew arrived on scene, hoisted the man and transported him to Hunter Army Airfield.

Coast Guard Sector Charleston​ command center watchstanders received a call at 1:08 a.m. from the operator of the Rosa Vessia, a 43-foot sailboat, stating his vessel was disabled, dragging anchor and at risk of alliding into a marked submerged rock pilling.

An Air Station Savanah MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew and a Coast Guard Station Brunswick 45-foot Response Boat-Medium (RB-M) crew launched to assist.​

Coast Guard rescue 56-year-old man from disabled, aground sailboat near Sapelo Sound. Station Brunswick RB-M. 45-foot Response Boat-Medium Brunswick. Coast Guard 45-foot Response Boat-Medium.
Archive image: a Coast Guard Station Brunswick 45-foot Response Boat-Medium rests docked at a pier in Brunswick, Georgia. Station Brunswick is equipped with a 29-foot Response Boat-Small and a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium which are used to carry out missions throughout southern Georgia such as law enforcement, living marine resources enforcement and search & rescue.
U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Ryan Dickinson.

The MH-65 Dolphin aircrew located the disabled sailboat, which had started to allide with the rocks, and lowered a rescue swimmer who assisted with safely hoisting the man.

As the owner is a member, Tow Boat U.S. arrived on scene shortly after and recovered the sailboat from the rocks.

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