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Bachelor party turned rescue after boaters hoisted off sandbar by Coast Guard Air Station Savannah

(Source: U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Savannah) (Source: U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Savannah)
SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

The Coast Guard rescued eight male boaters, who were a part of a bachelor party, Saturday from a grounded 21-foot recreational boat on a sandbar off the coast of Capers Island, South Carolina.

Coast Guard Sector Charleston was notified a little after 2:30 a.m.

A Coast Guard Air Station Savannah MH-65 Dolphin rescue helicopter crew arrived on the scene at 3:50 a.m.

They hoisted four boaters and transported them to Mount Pleasant Regional Airport. The crews later returned to hoist the other four boaters.

All boaters were in good condition and did not need medical attention. It is reported the boat will be Salvaged Saturday and there are no signs of pollution.

Officials say it was a perfectly timed rescue. They were able to get to the men right before the inbound tide became too high and too strong for them to stand in the water on the sandbar.

The rescue swimmer said that if he had not been pulled up at the end of the rescue when he was, the rapid inbound tide would have forced him to start swimming for shore.

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