July 2, 2008

Five Stranded After Boat Capsizes Off Huntington Beach

By The Sun News, Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Jul. 2--Five people were sent to the hospital after a boat capsized near Murrells Inlet and Huntington Beach early this morning, according to U.S. Coast Guard officials and a news release.

"Three [people] immediately went to the hospital and the other two stayed around to answer questions," Coast Guard Petty Officer Andre Trinidad said.

The three people were taken to Waccamaw Community Hospital, but the extent of their injuries was not known.

Daniel Isaac of Myrtle Beach and four men were on the 21-foot Sea Hunt when it capsized, Coast Guard officials said. The boat hit the north jetty around 1:45 a.m. and Coast Guard officials were called about 2 a.m. by someone on the boat.

The men reported they needed help after being stranded on rocks north of Huntington Beach, the release showed.

A Coast Guard helicopter from Charleston and boat from the Georgetown station as well as boats from Garden City Fire and the state Department of Natural Resources were dispatched to help. Coast Guard helicopter operators rescued the men and took them to a waiting ambulance.

The boat was towed out of the water.

"We were there fast when they needed us," said Trinidad. "We had three people there within 30 minutes of it's calling and people came from different locations."


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