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Coast Guard rescues 3 fishermen near St. Simons Island

Fishermen rescued after boat began taking on water, officials say

Photos courtesy of the U.S. Coast Guard.
Photos courtesy of the U.S. Coast Guard. (U.S. Coast Guard)

ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. – Three fishermen were rescued Thursday after their boat began taking on water near St. Simons Island, Georgia, the U.S. Coast Guard said.

Watch standers received a call at 1:54 p.m. from a good Samaritan who said the Lady Vanessa, a 73-foot fishing vessel, was taking on water with three people on board.

Officials said a boat crew and two helicopter crews went to assist about 2:20 p.m.

The helicopter crew arrived at 2:46 p.m., hoisted the three fishermen and took them to St. Simons Island Airport to awaiting emergency medical services personnel, officials said.