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Coast Guard rescues crew of capsized tugboat off Georgia

Dec 21, 2018 04:37 PM

A Navy helicopter spotted the overturned Miss Addison and began coordinating the rescue

Courtesy News4Jax

(JEKYLL ISLAND, Ga.) — A Coast Guard helicopter crew rescued the crew of a tugboat that capsized Wednesday night west of Jekyll Creek, News4Jax reported.

The 56-foot tugboat Miss Addison sank in about 8 feet of water just west of Jekyll Creek's main channel. The four crewmembers were rescued after the Coast Guard was notified by a Navy helicopter crew assigned to the "Swamp Foxes" of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 74.

The crew aboard the MH-60R helicopter were conducting routine operations when they spotted the overturned tug and started coordinating the rescue.

“We were happy to be in the right place at the right time to offer assistance,” said Lt. Cmdr. Jim Hinds, pilot of the helicopter. “After witnessing the vessel capsize in real time, we were able to immediately respond and coordinate the rescue.”

Miss Addison took on approximately 4,150 gallons of fuel on Wednesday in Charleston, S.C., and was estimated to have about 3,500 gallons remaining Thursday afternoon.

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