Charleston, SC (AP) - A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter rescue station near Charleston will remain open through the coming year.
South Carolina U.S. Sens. Lindsey Graham and Tim Scott announced Thursday that a provision in the new Coast Guard Authorization Act will keep the rescue helicopter flying from Johns Island through Jan. 1, 2016.
To save money, the Coast Guard earlier this year proposed shutting down the Johns Island ocean rescue facility and moving the chopper to Savannah, about 80 miles from Charleston.
But the senators say language in the authorization bill, now on its way to President Barack Obama, prevents the Coast Guard from closing any air facilities that were in operation on Nov. 30 at least through the beginning of 2016.