Good Samaritans help rescue boater from Ashley River

Good Samaritans help rescue boater from Ashley River

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Authorities say two Good Samaritans helped rescue a boater from the Ashley River in the area of the Charleston City Marina in downtown Charleston.

Officials with the Charleston Fire Department say emergency crews responded at 5:14 p.m. on Thursday to a boater in distress between the Coast Guard base and the Charleston City Marina.

A 911 caller reported that someone was hanging onto the side of a capsized vessel and that subject was having difficulty hanging onto a ladder on the side of the boat.

According to CFD officials, the 911 caller grabbed a life vest, entered the water and swam to help the boater. A civilian vessel then arrived and was able to pull the boater into the vessel.

A report states that the CFD fire boat, the "Louis Behrens," arrived on scene and transferred the patient to their boat for medical attention. Charleston County EMS then met the fire boat at 5:30 p.m., and transported to the boater to a local hospital.

The following departments responded to the incident: the City of Charleston Fire Department, St. Johns Fire Department, US Coast Guard Sector Charleston, City of Charleston Police Department, Charleston County Rescue Squad and Charleston County EMS.

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