Coast Guard Rescues 4 Divers Missing Off Coast Of NC

Around noon on Sunday, four scuba divers set out for a dive from a recreational boat 63 miles east of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and never resurfaced. The US Coast Guard were notified of the missing divers and “launched a multi-asset search and rescue effort” that included a helicopter, two aircraft and three boats.

Around 12:45 a.m. Monday, a Coast Guard HC-130 Hercules aircraft spotted a strobe light in the water flashing an SOS signal about 46 miles southeast of Cape Fear, North Carolina. According to a US Coast Guard spokesperson, they deployed a life raft out of the rear-loading ramp of the aircraft into the water for the stranded divers and then coordinated with a nearby ship to pick them up until a Coast Guard boat could arrive.

The divers were taken to the Oak Island Coast Guard Station just before sunrise. They were checked out by medical staff and found to be in good health. Then they were reunited with their relieved and grateful loved ones.

Source: CNN

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