2 rescued from boat in Wassaw Sound

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) –The U.S. Coast Guard rescued two people Tuesday night from a 19-foot vessel that ran aground in south of Tybee Island.

Craig Mike, the owner/operator, and a crewmember whose name is unknown were rescued.

Coast Guard watchstanders at Station Tybee Island received a cell phone call at about 6:50 p.m. from one of the vessel's crewmembers saying that they had run aground in Wassaw Sound and began taking on water due to high tide, according to the coast guard.

They also reported that they had lifejackets, but their flares were wet and they had no food or water.

A 25-foot small boat rescue crew from Station Tybee Island and an HH-60 rescue helicopter crew from Air Facility Charleston, S.C., were deployed to assist in the rescue.

The Coast Guard determined that 25-foot rescue boat could not get close enough because of shallow water depth.

Both people who were hoisted by a helicopter crew from the vessel at about 11:10 p.m. Tuesday. They were taken to shore where a friend was waiting to pick them up.  They were reported to be in good condition.

Plans for vessel salvage will be made Wednesday morning, according to the Coast Guard.

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