WASHINGTON, DC (WCSC) - South Carolina Senators Lindsey Graham and Tim Scott say they have been assured by the Commandant of the Coast Guard that Air Facility Charleston will stay open through at least Dec. 15.
Adm. Paul Zukunft said the facility's closing, previously set for Nov. 30, will be delayed.
In a release from the U.S. Senate, Graham says he is hopeful the delay will give Congress time to find necessary funds to continue the facility's operation.
"Closing the Air Facility Charleston will mean that the closest Coast Guard search and rescue helicopter will be almost 80 miles away," Graham said in the release.
"Losing the Air Facility Charleston and its search-and-rescue helicopter would have serious implications on one of our nation's critical port cities and adversely impact the safety of mariners, residents and tourists in the region," Scott said. "Admiral Zukunft's commitment to delay closure of this important facility until at least December 15th is positive news for the Lowcountry."
Graham and Scott say Congress is scheduled to return to work the week of Nov. 10.