Coast Guard officers and rescuers from the Savannah River and Gulf of Mexico rescue teams rescued five people in a boat Thursday night.
Coast Guard Lt.
John Riehl said in a news release that the crew was traveling to Florida when the boat overturned.
The boat sank about 3:15 p.m. near Lake Chichester.
The Coast Guard and the Coast Guard National Guard were on the scene.
The passengers were identified as one man and two women.
The woman in the boat is being treated for life-threatening injuries, according to the Coast Guards’ news release.
The men were uninjured.
A small salvage ship, which was in distress, was also towed to shore.
The people in the fishing boat were rescued and taken to a hospital.
Riell said the boat had been heading for Florida when it lost power and started sinking.
The vessel is expected to be towed to Florida, Rielly said.
The crew members who were rescued were taken to the U.S. Coast Guards rescue facility in Miami, Rieshl said.
Coast guard helicopters and boats were on standby to assist the Coast Force and other local and federal agencies.
The rescue effort was focused on the area where the boat sank, Rielhs said.
Authorities are also trying to determine what caused the boat to sink, Riedhl said, but he could not provide any additional details.
The incident is under investigation.