Coast Guard rescues four people after boat capsizes off Folly Beach

Published: Jun. 28, 2016 at 9:44 PM EDT|Updated: Jun. 29, 2016 at 12:16 AM EDT
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FOLLY BEACH, SC (WCSC) - Coast Guard officials say crews rescued four people after their boat capsized off Folly Beach Tuesday afternoon.

A rescue helicopter located the boat with four people clinging to the vessel.  A rescue swimmer was lowered to assist in the incident.

Authorities say there were no apparent injuries. The four will be taken to Remley's Point to be checked out.

According to Coast Guard officials, the 21-foot boat capsized 10 miles off the coast.

Coast Guard officials say an MH-65 helicopter crew arrived on scene at about 5:30 p.m. and found four people wearing personal flotation devices on the hull of a capsized vessel.

"The helicopter crew deployed their rescue swimmer who safely transferred all four people to a good samaritan that was in the area," Coast Guard officials said."The survivors were then transferred to the Station Charleston boatcrew who brought them to emergency medical services at Remleys Point Marina in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina."

There were no reported medical concerns.

"The EPIRB, lifejackets, and awareness to remain with the vessel were instrumental in the four people being home safe tonight," said Senior Chief Petty Officer Eric Gentry, a Command Duty Officer at Sector Charleston. "Having proper safety equipment and knowing what to do in an emergency was absolutely critical to the success of this rescue."

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