1 dead, 2 injured after boat grounding in Charleston Harbor

29 foot Response Boat smallCHARLESTON, S.C. — One person was killed and two people were injured when a boat ran aground on Shutes Folly off Charleston, South Carolina, late Thursday evening.

One man was killed after being ejected from the vessel. Two female passengers were treated for injuries and were taken to the Medical University of South Carolina.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Charleston received the initial report of the incident from one of the injured passengers, stating their recreational boat had run aground with enough force to eject one person from the boat.

A boatcrew from Coast Guard Station Charleston was launched aboard a 29-foot Response Boat — Small II to assist.

“Our deepest sympathies go out to the family of the gentlemen killed in this tragic incident,” said Senior Chief Petty Officer Justin Longval, Officer in Charge for Station Charleston.

The deceased was transported by a Mt. Pleasant Fire Department response boat.

The boatcrew took the two injured passengers to Station Charleston where local EMS was standing by.

“They were very grateful that we were out there,” said Petty Officer 3rd Class Brandon Sanford, a crewmember of the responding small boat. “One of the women was able to clearly identify her injuries and that helped us make her as comfortable as possible for the ride back to the station.”

The incident is under investigation.

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