Coast Guard swimmer helps rescue three boaters off Kiawah

Helicopter video from Coast Guard rescue
A closer look at the vessel. (Source: USCG)
A closer look at the vessel. (Source: USCG)

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Three people were rescued after their sailboat ran aground Monday at the entrance of the Stono River near Kiawah Island, authorities say.

The United States Coast Guard and North Charleston Fire Department responded after a 27-foot sailboat ran ground in the breakers near the north shore of Kiawah Island.  Three people were on-board, according to a Coast Guard spokesperson.

A helicopter launched from the Coast Guard Air Facility in Charleston just before 7 p.m. and arrived at the scene just two minutes later.

Boatcrews from Coast Guard Station Charleston and North Charleston Fire and Rescue arrived in the area about 7:30 p.m. but couldn't pull alongside the sailboat due to the shallow water depth. A rescue swimmer deployed from the helicopter and transferred all three people to the North Charleston Fire and Rescue boat.

The survivors were taken to the Wappoo Cut Boat landing in Charleston.

There were no injuries or medical concerns reported.

No pollution has been reported from the grounded vessel. The owner of the boat is scheduled to arrange salvage operations for his vessel.

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