2 couples safe after being stranded on sandbar

BEAUFORT, S.C. (AP) - Two couples from the Charleston area are safe after their fishing boat broke down, forcing them to spend the night on a sandbar near Beaufort.

The Beaufort Gazette reports ( ) the four left Sunday afternoon but their boat developed problems near Harbor Island.

They called a relative whose boat but could get no closer than 70 yards because of strong winds and high waves. Later, boats from the Beaufort Water Search and Rescue Squad and the Department of Natural Resources also were unable to reach them.

A Coast Guard helicopter arrived about 2 a.m. Monday to make sure the four were safe. The couples were told they would have to wait for high tide before the rescue squad could try again.

The four were finally rescued about 5:30 a.m. Monday.

Information from: The Beaufort Gazette,

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