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Date: July 27, 2012
Contact: Petty Officer 1st Class Lauren Jorgensen
Office: (305) 318-1864

CHARLESTON, S.C. – Two people are safe on land after spending more than four hours in the water Thursday night after their 19-foot sailboat capsized near Myrtle Beach, S.C.

A Coast Guard watchstander at Sector Charleston, S.C. was notified of an overturned sailboat three miles off Myrtle Beach about 7 p.m. Thursday.

for the area indicate seas were about 4 to 6 feet.

A boatcrew from Coast Guard Station Georgetown, S.C., launched to search. Local authorities responded as well.

crews found the pair with their life jackets on one mile north of Apache Pier in Myrtle Beach Thursday evening more than four hours after they began searching.

“This case is an excellent example of how wearing a can save your life,” said Capt. Michael White, commander of Coast Guard Sector Charleston.  “Accidents on the water can happen to anyone, and wearing a life jacket when boating can significantly increase the ability to survive unpredictable accidents.”

To meet U.S. Coast Guard requirements, a boat must have a U.S. Coast Guard-approved Type I, II, III, or V life jacket for each person aboard. Boats 16 feet and longer must have at least one Type IV device as well. More information on U.S. Coast Guard requirements is available HERE.

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