PADET D7 Jacksonville Public Affairs
August 02, 2013
Contact: Petty Officer 1st Class Luke Clayton
Office: (305) 318-1864
VIDEO RELEASE: Coast Guard assists with rescue at Charleston Harbor jetties
CHARLESTON, S.C. - A Coast Guard helicopter crew assisted with communications as a Charleston, S.C., County Sheriff’s Office boat rescued a man from his vessel, which struck the Charleston Harbor jetties and began taking on water Friday morning.
The operator of the 21-foot pleasure craft used his VHF-FM marine radio to call for help at 8:46 a.m., reporting that he was going down and needed immediate assistance.
Boatcrews from Coast Guard Station Charleston, the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office, Sullivan's Island Fire Department, Isle of Palms Fire Department, North Charleston Fire Department and Sea Tow responded, and a Coast Guard helicopter crew launched from Air Facility Charleston.
The helicopter crew assisted with communications on scene while sheriffs transferred the man for evaluation and treatment by EMTs. He was reportedly in good condition with minor cuts.
The Coast Guard urges all mariners to use VHF-FM marine radios as a primary means of distress communication since radio transmissions are broadcasts, which may be heard by other nearby boaters. VHF-FM radios are also more reliable than cell phones in the marine environment, especially in remote areas where cell phone strength may vary.
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