Three fishermen rescued off Charleston coast

Charleston, SC (WCSC) - A Coast Guard HH-65 Dolphin rescue helicopter crew from Air Facility Charleston rescued three fishermen approximately 45-miles east of Charleston Sunday. 

The Coast Guard was notified of a maritime distress from the fishing vessel Captain Smoke, a 39-foot shrimping vessel at about 9:17 p.m. Sunday. 

A Coast Guard Air Facility Charleston rescue helicopter crew was launched shortly after the distress call and arrived on-scene at 10:14 p.m. The crew located a debris field after observing three flares shot from the surface. Three fishermen were located alive in a life raft, and the rescue helicopter aircrew deployed a rescue swimmer. All three fishermen were safely hoisted aboard. 

The fishermen are being transported to the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. 

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