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Coast Guard rescues 3 from sinking boat off Georgetown coast

Rescued were: (left to right) Allen Edwards, 45, Mark Williams, 45, and Tony Bessent, 48. Rescued were: (left to right) Allen Edwards, 45, Mark Williams, 45, and Tony Bessent, 48.

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Three boaters were rescued by the Coast Guard early Saturday morning off the coast of Georgetown after their boat began sinking.

A Coast Guard HH-65 Dolphin rescue helicopter air crew from Charleston rescued Tony Bessent, 48, Mark Williams, 45, and Allen Edwards, 45, from a sinking 48-foot fishing vessel about 60 miles off the coast of Georgetown.

The Coast Guard received a maritime distress signal around 11:38 p.m. Friday from the 48-foot fishing vessel CJR. 

The Coast Guard helicopter air crew located the disabled fishing vessel at approximately 2:30 a.m. Saturday. In addition to the distress signal, the boaters lit off emergency signal flares to the help rescue crew locate them. All three boaters were safely hoisted at approximately 3:17 a.m. and taken ashore to Georgetown.

No injuries were reported. 

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