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Coast Guard rescues boaters near Port Royal Sound

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A Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Facility Charleston and a Coast Guard Station Charleston 45-foot Response Boat boat crew launched at approximately 8:25 a.m. to assist (Credit: U.S. Coast Guard)

The Coast Guard rescued three boaters after their boat sank approximately 30 miles southeast of Port Royal Sound on Friday morning.

The crew of the 45-foot vessel Hangem High alerted the Coast Guard via radio they were taking on water at around 7:30 a.m., according to a news release.

A helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Facility Charleston and a Coast Guard Station Charleston 45-foot Response Boat boat crew launched about an hour later to assist.

The helicopter crew arrived on scene at 8:34 a.m. and the vessel lost power and began to sink at 9:15 a.m., the release said.

Around that time the helicopter crew lowered a rescue swimmer to help the crew get into a life raft.

The boat crew arrived on scene at 9:35 a.m., got the three crew members and the rescue swimmer on board, and transported them all to Station Charleston.

There were no reported injuries.