CHARLESTON, SC (WMBF) – The Coast Guard responded to a vessel 48 miles southeast of Folly Beach taking on water Saturday.
Watchstanders in the Coast Guard Sector Charleston command center received a report at 4:10 a.m. from the captain of the 37-foot commercial fishing vessel.
According to the report, the vessel was disabled and the crew was unable to restart its main engines. It was also reported that the boat was taking on water from a leak in the back of the boat.
The boat was able to dewater using the installed bilge system, however the batteries used to run the pump were running low.
The command center launched a MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from the Coast Guard Air Station in Savannah, Georgia to the scene at 11:04 a.m., according to the report. The helicopter arrived about an hour later and deployed their rescue swimmer and dewatering pump.
The crew aboard the 87-foot Coast Guard Cutter Yellowfin also launched to the scene, assessing the situation and providing a jump-start to the batteries.
The vessel is expected to get underway again and transit back to shore. No injuries were reported, and the vessel did not sink.
It is unknown what caused the vessel to become disabled at this time.