LITTLE BLACK RIVER, GA. (WCBD) — The U.S. Coast Guard on Saturday evening airlifted an 81-year-old man from his sinking boat off the Georgia coast.

According to the USCG Southeast, officials at Coast Guard Station Tybee relayed a message at 8:32 p.m. from the Chatham County Sheriff’s Office to the Coast Guard Sector Charleston stating that a man was on a 16-foot vessel that was taking on water.

Multiple aircrews with the Charleston and Savannah USGC Sectors responded.

“Our crew was fortunate to find this gentleman after an hour of searching by using an approximate cell phone location ping,” Lt. Christinia Batchelder of Coast Guard Air Station Savannah said.

Responders used a helicopter to hoist the man out of the boat and take him to safety. The man was taken to EMS at the Savannah International Airport.