SAVANNAH, GA (August 11, 2016): The Savannah-Chatham Aviation Unit successfully rescued four adults and one child from a sandbar in the Ogeechee River, Aug. 10.
At approximately 8 p.m., aviation units responded to stranded boaters on a sandbar near the King Ferry Boat Ramp. The vessel was occupied by two female adults, one of whom was elderly, two male adults and one child. A combination of the boat’s location and the darkness of the night posed severe danger to the occupants. Waiting for the tide could have proven fatal due to those conditions.
Two tactical flight officers and a pilot, knowing the dangers of these conditions, made a cautious decision to transport the women and the child by helicopter safely back to the Kings Perry Boat ramp. Citizens passing by offered assistance with a personally owned vessel and transported the two males to safety.
No injuries were reported during this incident.