A South Carolina-based shrimp boat sank Friday about five miles off the coast of St. Simons Island, prompting a helicopter rescue at sea of the two men aboard the vessel.
Debris like Styrofoam and some of the boat’s contents like a ship door, lightbulbs and a bottle of shampoo could be seen washing ashore on Jekyll Island Saturday morning, one Jekyll resident said.
The distressed fishermen aboard the Miss Kathy, a 55-foot shrimp trawler registered in South Carolina, reported they were taking on water around 9:30 a.m. They said the boat was in danger of sinking, according to the Coast Guard.
While maintaining constant radio contact with the fishermen until they boarded the vessel’s lifeboat, a rescue crew from the Coast Guard’s air station in Savannah was launched.
The rescue crew arrived and hoisted the men aboard the helicopter and transported them to Coast Guard Station Brunswick where local paramedics evaluated the fishermen.
The boat’s owner will be responsible of its salvage, the Coast Guard said.