CHARLESTON, S.C. — Four people were rescued, Monday morning, by the Coast Guard following an extensive search after they did not return from a fishing trip off the South Carolina coast, Sunday.
It started as a fishing day, two adults and two boys who are friends from playing travel baseball. They were supposed to arrive at Remley’s Point Sunday afternoon and when they didn’t show up on time, the Coast Guard began their search.
Janice Strete says, “I was scared to death that something had happened to my grandson.”
Brian Judy, age 39, Kenny Winningham, age 40, and two 11-year-old boys are reported to be in stable condition.
The four were rescued after an HC-130 Hercules airplane crew spotted their boat 23-foot capsized boat earlier, approximately 12 miles off the Charleston coast.
The survivors were found clinging to an ice cooler when they were resuced by a Coast Guard Station Charleston 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew. Once retrieved, they were transported back to the station.
Strete says, “They went out for a day of fishing that turned into something less than what they thought.”
Strete says, “When they found the boat, that was devastating to us that they found the boat capsized. But we didn’t give up hope. We know that there’s rescues and miracles in this world so we didn’t give up hope. And I had to tell my mother which was a little difficult. And we were telling her when we got the text that all four had been found and we needed to come to Tradd street, and here we are and it is truly one of God’s blessings and miracles.”
USCG Sr. Chief Justin Longval says, “The fact that they had life jackets on and they all knew to stick together was certainly an attribute to them surviving today.”
The four were sunburned, dehydrated, and exhausted, but had no other injuries.
USCG 1st Class Petty Officer Mahire A’Giza says, “The two children, they were able to walk on their own, and their own power, but the two adults they had to help them out, but they were pretty dehydrated and fatigued.”
The four were missing more than 16 hours, and the coast guard says they are thrilled this story has a happy ending.
Sr. Chief Longval says, “This is a win for the Coast Guard and this is a win for the community, it really is. We have so many great partners in the area and the fact that the family was able to be down here and be reunited with their loved ones is a huge, huge win.”
The Coast Guard says if your boat ever capsizes, you should wear a life jacket, stay with the boat, and stay together until help arrives.
For more information contact the Coast Guard 7th District Public Affairs Detachment Jacksonville at 305-318-1864.
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