Coast Guard, local agencies participate in Charleston mass rescue exercise

Response boats from the Coast Guard and Charleston Fire Department retrieve injured passengers, simulated by training mannequins in Charleston Harbor, Sept. 30, 2015. More then 20 different Charleston-based agencies rescued 90 people during a simulated emergency aboard the passenger vessel General Beauregard. (U.S. photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Anthony Soto.)

Response boats from the Coast Guard and Charleston Fire Department retrieve injured passengers, simulated by training mannequins in Charleston Harbor. (U.S. photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Anthony Soto.)

CHARLESTON, S.C. — The Coast Guard and local agencies in and around the Charleston area joined forces for a joint, mass rescue exercise in Charleston Harbor, Wednesday.

More than 90 people were rescued from a simulated distress aboard the General Beauregard, a Charleston-based passenger vessel. The 23 participating agencies worked together to ensure the safety of the passengers while sharpening their overall communication and inter-agency cooperation.

The following agencies participated in the exercise:

  • The Coast Guard
  • The Coast Guard Auxiliary
  • South Carolina Department of Natural Resources
  • Charleston County Sheriff’s Office
  • Charleston County Consolidated Dispatch
  • Charleston County Emergency Management Division
  • Charleston County Rescue
  • Town of Mount Pleasant Police Department
  • Town of Mount Pleasant Fire Department
  • City of Charleston Police Department
  • City of Charleston Fire Department
  • City of North Charleston Police Department
  • City of North Charleston Fire Department
  • Isle of Palms Fire Department
  • St. John’s Fire Department
  • Sullivan’s Island Fire Department
  • SpiritLine Cruises
  • American Red Cross
  • The Citadel
  • Tow Boat US
  • Sea Tow
  • Coastal Crisis Chaplaincy
  • Charleston Branch Pilots Association

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