Coast Guard assists disabled sailboat off Charleston coast

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Yellowfin assisted on Friday four people on a disabled sailboat 65 miles off the coast of Charleston.

The Coast Guard crew said the four stranded boaters were dealing with 20 foot seas and 35 mph winds.

Coast Guard helicopter crews from Savannah were dispatched to the rescue Friday afternoon. The helicopters were expected to reach the site by 4:15 p.m., make the rescue of the four boaters, and return them to Charleston Executive Airport on John's Island.

According to the Coast Guard, the boaters reached out for help Thursday night after the boat's engine was disabled. As a result, the Yellowfin and an HC-130 Hercules airplane from the Coast Guard station in Elizabeth City, N.C., were dispatched. The two Coast Guard vessels are currently on scene, officials said.

There have not been any reported injuries, officials said.

The Yellowfin is an 87-foot patrol boat stationed in Charleston.