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Coast Guard Saves The Day For Sailor Who Had A More Eventful Excursion Than Planned.

US Coast Guard rescues sailboat captain whose vessel sank in Georgia

There’s an old proverb that says, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” That’s a fancy way of saying that it’s always easier to be prepared than it is to deal with the consequences of not being prepared! We have a strong suspicion that the captain of a 45-foot sailboat who ran into trouble off the coast of Little St. Simons Island in Georgia agrees with that notion.

It was a little after 4 p.m. when the sailor’s boat started taking on water about 3 miles off the coast of the island. Thankfully, he was prepared; his vessel was equipped with a VHF-FM radio and GPS, so he was able to call the Coast Guard Sector watchstanders for help. The message was conveyed to the U.S. Coast Guard Southeast aircrew, who flew a helicopter to the island and airlifted the captain from the beach. Unfortunately, his boat sank shortly afterwards, but we’re sure he was relieved not to be aboard when it went under!

Sounds like they got there just in time! Officials say the sailor had all of the right equipment to make his distress call, which is why this story has such a positive outcome. We’re so grateful to the heroes who fly out at a moment’s notice to save the day.

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