Boaters safe after near miss with 940 foot container ship

CHARLESTON, S.C. – Three people are safe after their 17-foot recreational boat almost collided with the motor vessel Sealand Atlantic Friday at 10 a.m. on the Wando River.

The three men were aboard their recreational boat this morning when it lost power in the shipping channel near Hobcaw Creek on the Wando River. The men jumped over the side of their boat as the Sealand Atlantic, a 940-foot container vessel coming from Bremerhaven, Germany, came within 10 feet of their boat. Following the near miss, the men made it back aboard their vessel with the help of a Charleston City Police Department small boat.

The three men were escorted to Remley’s Point Boat Landing by the Charleston City Police Boat and a Coast Guard small boat. The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources and Charleston County Sheriff’s Office also responded.

There were no injuries reported, and the Coast Guard is investigating the incident.

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