The Coast Guard rescued three people after a 23-foot fishing boat capsized approximately 20 miles east of St. Marys, Ga. The men reported they were fishing when their boat capsized, causing them to fall into the water. Two of the men made their way onto the floating hull, while another remained in the water until rescue crews arrived.
The Coast Guard received a distress signal from the boat's EPIRB. An HH-65 Dolphin rescue helicopter crew from Air Station Savannah, Ga., and a 47-foot motor life boat crew from Coast Guard Station Mayport, Fla., responded to the distress.
The helicopter crew hoisted the man from the water and the rescue boat crew rescued the two men from the capsized boat's hull. The survivors were taken to a local marina where they were reported to be in good condition.
The incident marked the second rescue in two days where an EPIRB played a pivotal role in a rescue. Nine boaters were rescued over the weekend.