Two S.C. Department of Natural Resources officers patrolling the May River rescued a family Saturday after their boat sank during a storm, a DNR spokesman said.
Lance Cpl. Adam Henderson and conservation officer Josh Reid came across the family of four about 5 p.m. near Alljoy Boat Landing, 1st Sgt. Robbie Smith said.
The family -- which included two young boys -- was heading back toward Windmill Harbour when large waves from Saturday afternoon's storm overtook their 18-foot boat and caused it to sink quickly. The family tried to contact the U.S. Coast Guard before the boat sank, but the mayday message was never transmitted, Smith said.
The family clung to a 15-inch section of the boat that was sticking out of the water for more than an hour until Henderson and Reid found them, Smith said.
The two officers pulled the family onto their boat and took them to the landing, where they were treated for small cuts and abrasions by EMS and released.
Sea Tow removed the submerged boat from the water Sunday afternoon, Smith said.