Thursday, October 3, 2013
MURRELLS INLET, S.C. — The Coast Guard rescued two mariners who ran aground Wednesday in the vicinity of Murrells Inlet.
Watchstanders in the Coast Guard Sector Charleston command center were notified that a man and woman on a skiff were aground on an oyster bed at 10:56 p.m., Tuesday via a 911 relay.
Watchstanders issued an Urgent Marine Information Broadcast and launched a boat crew aboard a 24-foot Special Purpose Craft from Coast Guard Station Georgetown to respond.
The boat crew arrived on scene at approximately 1 a.m., Wednesday and began to search for the two individuals. Although crew members could hear the mariners calling for help, they could not find them. An additional boat crew from Murrells Inlet Fire Rescue arrived on scene, but shallow water restricted both boats’ search capabilities.
An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Coast Guard Air Facility Charleston was launched at approximately 2 a.m. to assist and arrived on scene minutes later.
The helicopter crew located the pair immediately and deployed a rescue swimmer.
It was determined that neither mariner had any medical concerns and they did not require any medical attention.
The pair was safely hoisted into the helicopter at 3:09 a.m., and flown to the Myrtle Beach International Airport.