Coast Guard rescues sailors 130 miles off SC coast

Coast Guard rescues sailors 130 miles off SC coast

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Coast Guard officials say two sailors who called for help over 130 miles off the coast of Charleston Monday night were successfully rescued Tuesday morning.

According to officials, the sailors called for help around 8:15 p.m. Monday night while 133 miles southeast of Charleston. The sailors, a 35-year-old male and female, said they had been dealing with bad weather, and were too tired to keep sailing their 38-foot boat, according to the Coast Guard.

An aircraft responded and arrived on-scene around 10:15 p.m. to establish communication with the mariners, and the Coast Guard Cutter Tarpon, an 87-foot patrol boat, arrived around 7:30 a.m. to rescue the distressed duo.

The crew of a commercial tug boat waited beside the vessel to monitor their situation until the Tarpon arrived, according to the Coast Guard.

Officials say no injuries were reported, but both sailors were very seasick and fatigued.

According to the Coast Guard, the sail boat arrived, which had to be towed in, arrived at shore around 5 a.m. TowBoat US, will transport the vessel and sailors to their destination.

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