An 81-year-old Johns Island man, and his two dogs, were rescued by the Coast Guard and the Charleston County Sheriff's Office Friday night.
About 9:16 p.m., search and rescue controllers at the Coast Guard base in Charleston were notified that a boater had failed to return home from a fishing trip on the Stono River, according to a news release from the Coast Guard.
The boater, Leon Dover of Johns Island, had set out from the Limehouse Boat Landing earlier in the day, according to his daughter, who notified authorities.
The Coast Guard sent out a rescue helicopter crew from its air facility on Johns Island and a 25-foot rescue boat from the Coast Guard station downtown. The Sheriff's Office also participated in the search.
At about 10:15 p.m., the helicopter rescue crew located Dover and his two dogs aboard a disabled 14-foot skiff that was grounded in a mud flat, the release said.
A rescue swimmer was lowered and Dover was hoisted and transported to Medical University Hospital. A hospital spokeswoman said he was in good condition Saturday morning.
The Sheriff's Office rescued both dogs and towed the disabled boat to a nearby boat ramp where they were met by awaiting family.
In its release, the Coast Guard reminded all boaters to file a float plan before departing offshore. A float plan is an effective tool for the owner of a 10-foot kayak or flat-bottom skiff as it is for a 48-foot express cruiser, or a 90 foot sport-fishing vessel or luxury yacht. To access a Coast Guard approved float plan, please click here.