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    Coast Guard rescues 3 from storm-tossed sailboat

    Coast Guard rescues 3 from storm-tossed sailboast

    Courtesy Photo | A sailboat disabled by heavy seas and strong winds is approached by a Coast Guard...... read more read more



    Story by Petty Officer 1st Class Stephen Lehmann 

    U.S. Coast Guard District 7 PADET Jacksonville   

    Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Charleston received the initial report from the container ship, Bull Hunter, stating a 55-foot sailboat off the coast of St. Simons Island had become disabled due to loss of steering, late Thursday evening. The reporting source also stated that the three people aboard were suffering from dehydration from sea sickness due to heavy seas and winds in excess of 30 knots.

    The Coast Guard launched the Cutter Yellowfin, an 87-foot coastal patrol boat, to assist, but the crew wasn't able to safely launch its small boat.

    "During any evolution, safety is a top priority for the Coast Guard," said Lt. Cmdr. Shannon Scaff, chief of planning and readiness for Coast Guard Sector Charleston. "It's a factor that is constantly evaluated and reevaluated as any operation proceeds. To make the necessary decisions to save a life, it's matter of identifying and mitigating those inherent risks."

    At first light Friday, an aircrew aboard an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater, Florida, arrived on scene, hoisted the three people and transported them to McKinnon St. Simons Island Airport where they were transferred to local paramedics.



    Date Taken: 04.15.2016
    Date Posted: 04.15.2016 17:34
    Story ID: 195538
    Location: ST. SIMONS ISLAND, GA, US 

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