Two abandon sinking 65-foot boat

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The Coast Guard rescued two boaters who abandoned a sinking motoryacht Monday approximately 11 miles south of Charleston (S.C.) Harbor.

Search and rescue controllers at Coast Guard Sector Charleston received notification at about 11:18 p.m. Sunday from the operator of the Motor Yacht Magic Castle II, via VHF channel 16 that the vessel was taking on water at a high rate of speed.

An MH-65 Dolphin rescue helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Facility Charleston and a Coast Guard Station Charleston 25-foot response boat were launched. Both men abandoned the sinking yacht as the helicopter rescue crew arrived on scene. Both men were rescued and transported to Charleston International Airport.

The yacht sustained significant damage and will be salvaged by a commercial salvage company. There is currently no indication of fuel pollution as a result of the damage. The vessel was transiting from Charleston to Jacksonville, Fla.

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