Officials: All three boaters rescued in search off McClellanville

Published: Dec. 24, 2014 at 2:13 AM EST|Updated: Dec. 24, 2014 at 2:53 PM EST
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MCCLELLANVILLE, SC (WCSC) - Charleston County deputies say three boaters who were reported stranded near McClellanville boat landing Tuesday evening have been rescued and received treatment.

Coast Guard officials were notified of the missing boaters by one of the mariner's girlfriends around 7:30 Tuesday night. She reported the three mariners were fishing aboard a 16-foot skiff in the area of Muddy Bay when they became disoriented due to foggy conditions in the area.

All three boaters got off the boat on Raccoon Key Island. Two of the boaters stayed together, but one of the three reportedly separated from the group.

Charleston County Sheriff's Office Marine Patrol, along with the Coast Guard, EMS, and Awendaw Fire responded to the McClellanville boat landing on Pinckney Street after one of the boaters reportedly advised Consolidated Dispatch where they were stranded due to boat troubles.

Emergency officials had already rescued two of the three in the area of Raccoon Key with no injuries. The final boater was rescued on the island of Raccoon Key around 12:20 a.m.

At 11:45 p.m., the Coast Guard helicopter assisting to the area was grounded due to severe weather in the area. Coast Guard officials say the helicopter would be able to resume the search for third party once the storm passed.

Officials say two of the boaters were transported to a medic and are being treated for hypothermia. The final boater reportedly had no injuries and suffered from being cold.

The boat reportedly drifted away to a nearby sandbar.

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