2 boaters rescued after yacht sinks near Charleston Harbor

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The Coast Guard rescued two boaters who abandoned a sinking motor yacht about 11 miles south of Charleston Harbor on Monday.

The Coast Guard received a distress call at 11:18 p.m. Sunday from the operator of the Motor Yacht Magic Castle II. The distress signal indicated that the vessel was taking on water at a high rate of speed.

An MH-65 Dolphin rescue helicopter and a 25-foot response boat responded to the scene. Both men abandoned the sinking yacht as the helicopter rescue crew arrived on scene. Both men were rescued and transported to Charleston International Airport.

The yacht sustained significant damage and will be salvaged by a commercial salvage company. There is currently no indication of fuel pollution as a result of the damage.

The vessel was transiting from Charleston to Jacksonville, Fla.

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