September 7, 2009 at 5:35 PM EST - Updated June 18 at 9:46 AM
Charleston, SC (WCSC) - A Coast Guard HH-65 Dolphin rescue helicopter crew from Air Facility Charleston rescued three fishermen approximately 45-miles east of Charleston Sunday.
The Coast Guard was notified of a maritime distress from the fishing vessel Captain Smoke, a 39-foot shrimping vessel at about 9:17 p.m. Sunday.
A Coast Guard Air Facility Charleston rescue helicopter crew was launched shortly after the distress call and arrived on-scene at 10:14 p.m. The crew located a debris field after observing three flares shot from the surface. Three fishermen were located alive in a life raft, and the rescue helicopter aircrew deployed a rescue swimmer. All three fishermen were safely hoisted aboard.
The fishermen are being transported to the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston.