- Associated Press - Friday, October 31, 2014

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina’s U.S. senators say the Coast Guard will delay the planned closing of a helicopter rescue station near Charleston.

The station had been set to close Nov. 30. But U.S. Sens. Lindsey Graham and Tim Scott said Friday they have assurances from the Coast Guard commandant that the station on Johns Island will remain open until at least Dec. 15.

The senators say that will give them time after the election recess to work with other lawmakers to find a way to keep the station open.

To save money, the Coast Guard wants to move the helicopter from Johns Island.

That will leave three in Savannah, about 80 miles from Charleston, for ocean rescue missions in an area from mid-Florida to the North Carolina-South Carolina state line.

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