The Coast Guard rescued four people Monday, including two 11-year-olds, after their 23-foot boat capsized east of Charleston, the Coast Guard said.
Petty Officer 2nd Class Anthony Soto told South Carolina Radio Network that the spouse of one of the boaters reported the group missing after they didn’t return home Sunday. A text message earlier in the day had indicated the destination of their fishing trip, but the boaters hadn’t been heard from since.
39 year-old Brian Judy, 40 year-old Kenny Winningham and two boys were reported to be in stable condition after being rescued. “They were taken to Medical University Hospital,” said Soto. They apparently fell overboard around 4 p.m. Sunday, then spent the night with their lifejackets on clinging to a cooler.
They were found around 10 a.m. Monday, and they were all right. The four were rescued after an HC-130 Hercules airplane crew spotted their boat capsized boat earlier. “Their boat capsized approximately 12 miles off the Charleston coast,” Soto said.
A Coast Guard airplane crew set out Monday morning from North Carolina to start the search, finding the overturned boat around 6:30 a.m.
A Charleston-based helicopter crew and Charleston County Sheriff’s deputies also helped in the search.