Coast Guard rescues six people in two separate boat incidents

Published: May. 26, 2014 at 4:57 AM EDT|Updated: May. 26, 2014 at 8:56 PM EDT
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CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Coast Guard officials confirm they helped rescue six people Sunday night, in two separate incidents where boats were taking on water.

The first incident happened at the mouth of the Stono River. According to Coast Guard officials, they received a call around 9:30 Sunday night about boaters needing assistance.

Officials say they responded by boat and by helicopter, eventually locating the distressed boaters in shallow waters between Kiawah Island and Folly Beach.

Authorities say the boat began to take on water quickly, and the helicopter crew was able to rescue the boaters.

They were flown to Charleston Executive Airport.  No one was hurt.  The St. Johns Fire Department and North Charleston Fire also helped in the response.

In the second incident, three people were rescued after a 68-foot shrimp boat hit the south jetty in the Charleston Harbor, according to officials.

The Coast Guard says it received the call around 11:30pm, when the boat was taking on water.  According to officials, a Charleston Fire and Rescue marine unit boat was first on-scene.

Three people were rescued from the boat, and were taken to Wando Shrimp Company at Shem Creek.

No one was hurt, but the sinking boat did have approximately 1200 gallons of diesel fuel on board.  The Coast Guard says pollution responders have been notified. Coast Guard officials say they are keeping a close watch on an oil sheen around the boat. The believe it will likely burn off in the sun and dissipate on its own.

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