Coast Guard rescues man 60 miles off Charleston coast

Coast Guard rescues man 60 miles off Charleston coast
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CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A Coast Guard helicopter crew rescued a man from a life raft 60 miles off the coast of Charleston Friday night.

Rescue crews received a call at 8:40 p.m. after his 56-foot sailboat, Fine Ally, hit an unknown object in the water, which caused the boat to flood, according to a release from Coast Guard officials in Jacksonville.

The victim was then forced to abandon the sinking ship and get into a life raft. Coast Guard officials say an emergency radio beacon led them to the man and he was rescued at 10 p.m. by a Coast Guard Air Station Savannah MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew.

"This is a great example of why we stress safety equipment," Lt. J.G. Nathan Brock, the Coast Guard rescue helicopter pilot, said. "We were able to quickly obtain the mariner's position with his EPIRB when he needed us most."

The man was reported in good condition after his rescue.

The cause of the sinking is under investigation.

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