Coast Guard rescues 2 boaters from disabled sailing vessel near Wassaw Sound, Georgia

Coast Guard crews rescue two boaters Saturday after their 37-foot sailing vessel became disabled near Wassaw Sound, Georgia, October 5, 2019.
Coast Guard crews rescue two boaters Saturday after their 37-foot sailing vessel became disabled near Wassaw Sound, Georgia, October 5, 2019. An MH-65 Dolphin rescue helicopter crew from Air Station Savannah arrived on scene hoisting the boaters from a life raft. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

CHARLESTON, S.C. —​ Coast Guard crews rescued two boaters Saturday after their 37-foot sailing vessel became disabled near Wassaw Sound, Georgia.

An MH-65 Dolphin rescue helicopter crew from Air Station Savannah arrived on scene hoisting the boaters from a life raft.

MH-65 Dolphin rescue helicopter crew from Air Station Savannah in rescue operation, Coast Guard Wassaw Sound
MH-65 Dolphin rescue helicopter crew from Air Station Savannah in hoist operation.
U.S. Coast Guard photo.

Coast Guard Sector Charleston watchstanders were notified via a mayday call at 4 p.m. by the boaters of the sailing vessel “Meander” becoming disabled. The boaters abandoned the vessel to a life raft when the vessel became unstable and started to drift.​

The boater’s emergency position-indicating radio beacon (EPIRB) activated giving crews the location of the vessel.

The two boaters already safely aboard the USCG helicopter. Coast Guard Wassaw Sound
The two boaters already safely aboard the USCG helicopter.
U.S. Coast Guard photo.

There were no reported injuries.

The owner is planning to salvage the vessel located near Wassaw Island.​ ​

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The 37-foot sailing vessel "Meander" stranded on the beach. Coast Guard Wassaw Sound
The 37-foot sailing vessel “Meander” stranded on the beach.
U.S. Coast Guard photo.

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