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Press Release | April 28, 2024

PHOTO RELEASE: Coast Guard, partner agencies assist 8 after vessel runs aground near James Island

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CHARLESTON, S.C. — The Coast Guard and local partner agencies assisted eight people, Saturday, after their vessel ran aground on the Stono River near James Island. 

Coast Guard Sector Charleston command center watchstanders received a report at 4:15 p.m. via VHF-FM channel 16 from a person aboard the 19th Hole, a 34-foot recreational vessel, stating the vessel ran aground with eight people aboard and multiple injuries sustained.

Watchstanders issued an urgent marine information broadcast and directed the launch of a Coast Guard Station Charleston 29-foot Response Boat – Small to assist. Barrier Island Ocean Rescue, James Island Fire and Rescue and South Carolina Department of Natural Resources also responded.

After arriving on scene and assessing the situation, the boat crew safely embarked and transported one injured passenger to EMS at Sol Legare Public Boat Landing for further medical care. 

Six additional passengers were safely transported ashore while one remained aboard the vessel to await commercial salvage assistance.  

"We extend our heartfelt gratitude to our local maritime partners for their invaluable assistance during this case," said Petty Officer 3rd Class Kanon Juneau, boat crewman during the case. "We remind all mariners that safety on the water involves traveling at safe speeds, keeping safety equipment onboard, and being vigilant and aware of your surroundings."

Commercial salvage ungrounded the vessel and transported it and the remaining passenger to safety. 

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