U.S. Coast Guard Rescues Two Men Run Aground, Executed 50-Foot Hoist with Zero Illumination
By Space Coast Daily // August 21, 2020
Challenging rescue due to a dangerous nighttime environment
(U.S. COAST GUARD) – The Coast Guard rescued two men after their fishing vessel ran aground in St. Mary’s Inlet on Thursday.
A Coast Guard Air Station Savannah MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew arrived on scene and hoisted the two men to safety.
Coast Guard Sector Charleston watchstanders received 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 two men were transported to Fernandina Municipal Airport where local EMS 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.
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