FRIPP ISLAND, SC (WCSC) - A Coast Guard aircrew hoisted three people after their boat became grounded near Fripp Island on Wednesday night.
Coast Guard Sector Charleston received the initial report at approximately 6:30 p.m. indicating three passengers, ages 21, 19, and 16, were stranded and their boat was becoming unstable in the wind.
With diminishing daylight, Coast Guard crews determined the safest course of action was to hoist the three to safety.
"The boat was getting buffeted by the waves and was leaning over on its side," said Lt. Jon Magin, one of the pilots on the case. "The sun was starting to set and it was clear the survivors wanted to get off the boat. We made the determination as a crew that the situation would deteriorate once the sun went down, so we put the swimmer down to recover the survivors."
An aircrew launched from Coast Guard Air Station Savannah aboard an MH-65 Dolphin rescue helicopter hoisted the men and transported them to Hilton Head.
All three were wearing life jackets. No medical concerns were reported.