The U.S. Coast Guard rescued three men Thursday after their 23-foot boat capsized off the coast of South Carolina, the agency said.
The Good Samaritan sounded the alarm to the Coast Guard Sector Charleston just before 7:30 a.m. when they spotted three men “clinging to the capsized hull” of a boat about five miles east of Charleston Harbor, it said. The Coast Guard said in a news release.
A search and rescue team was dispatched and managed to pull the three men out of the water to safety.
The man was provided emergency medical care, but the Coast Guard said there were no reported medical concerns.
It was not clear exactly what caused the boat to capsize.
However, Petty Officer Harry Seibert, who was at the helm of the incident, said, “Vital seafarers should ensure that the ship is equipped with all necessary safety equipment and monitor weather conditions before entering the water. is important,” he said.
“This is a classic example of how things can go wrong in a matter of seconds,” said Seibert.
The Coast Guard said the boat’s owner is working with a commercial salvage company to recover the vessel.