Coast Guard crew help rescue fishermen following explosion

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SAVANNAH, GA - A Coast Guard crew from Charleston helped to rescue two fishermen from St. Catherines Island, Ga., after it was reported that an explosion had occurred aboard a commercial fishing vessel.

Authorities were notified at 8:28 a.m. on Wednesday of a report of an explosion aboard a 23-foot commercial fishing vessel near the south end of St. Catherines Island 30-miles south of Savannah.

A good Samaritan vessel rescued the two boaters and transferred them ashore until Coast Guard rescue crews arrived on scene.

Two Coast Guard Air Station Savannah HH-65 Dolphin rescue helicopter crews arrived on scene at 9:49 a.m. and transported the victims to Savannah Memorial Hospital.

The cause of the explosion is unknown. Authorities say the commercial fishing vessel sunk 1,000 feet off shore.

Pollution specialists from Marine Safety Unit Savannah are en-route to investigate.

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