Coast Guard: Marina employees rescue capsized men thrown overboard in Charleston Harbor

U.S. Coast Guard MK1 Sean Florane is pictured at the Charleston Harbor Thursday night, where two Charleston City Marina employees rescued two men who were thrown overboard a small dinghy that capsized.

Two men were rescued Thursday night after their two-person dinghy unexpectedly capsized in the Charleston Harbor.

Charleston City Marina employees Stephanie Collins and Mason Cotter pulled the men, ages 58 and 68, out of the water, according to the U.S. Coast Guard, which assisted.

The men were on sailing and as they were turning their vessel, it hit a wake that threw them overboard and capsized the dinghy.

The Coast Guard received the call just before 7:30 p.m. and as they arrived at the harbor, the Marina employees were rescuing the men. The Coast Guard offered medical assistance, but neither of the men were injured.

“Accidents can happen unexpectedly on the water which is why wearing a life jacket is so important,” said Senior Chief Justin Longval, the Officer-in-Charge of Coast Guard Station Charleston. “These men are lucky that Stephanie and Mason were on scene so quickly and acted courageously to save (them).”

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