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Press Release | June 12, 2023

PHOTO RELEASE: Coast Guard assists 5 aboard grounded vessel near Isle of Palms

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A Coast Guard Station Charleston 29-foot Response Boat–Small crew approaches an aground 22-foot center console vessel on an oyster bay with five people aboard in Gray Bay near Isle of Palms, South Carolina, June 11, 2023. The five boaters were safely removed from the aground vessel and transported to Isle of Palms Marina. (U.S. Coast Guard photo, courtesy Station Charleston)

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CHARLESTON, S.C. — The Coast Guard assisted five people, Sunday, aboard a grounded 22-foot vessel near Isle of Palms.

A Coast Guard Station Charleston 29-foot Response Boat–Small crew arrived on scene, took aboard the five boaters and transported them to Isle of Palms Marina. Two people reportedly suffered cuts on their feet while attempting to free the vessel from the oyster beds.

Coast Guard Sector Charleston watchstanders received a call from TowBoat U.S. at 5:36 p.m., stating a 22-foot center console vessel ran aground in the oyster beds in Gray Bay with five people aboard.

The owner of the vessel will arrange for commercial salvage.

“While out on the water it is imperative to monitor the weather including high and low tides as well as charted depths,” said Ensign Colin Morgan, operations unit controller, Sector Charleston. “Keeping a sharp eye out on changing weather conditions can help keep your vessel and everyone on it safe.”

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