Captain of the Port establishes safety zone in the Pee Dee region of South Carolina

Coast Guard Maritime Safety and Security Team Miami and Tactical Law Enforcement Team South crew members assess a flooded area in Conway, South Carolina, and assist in post Hurricane Florence, Friday, Sept. 21, 2018. Coast Guard crews from across the U.S. are strategically relocating personnel and assets for Hurricane Florence post-storm response. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Michael De Nyse)

Coast Guard Maritime Safety and Security Team Miami and Tactical Law Enforcement Team South crew members assess a flooded area in Conway, South Carolina, and assist in post Hurricane Florence, Friday, Sept. 21, 2018.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Michael De Nyse)

CHARLESTON, S.C. – The Coast Guard Captain of the Port (COTP) set a temporary safety zone on all waters of the Waccamaw River along the Intracoastal Waterway from Winyah Bay to the Little River Swing Bridge, all waters of the Sampit River, all waters of the Great Pee Dee River from Winyah Bay northward to Pee Dee Game Management Area, and all waters of the Black River from its junction with the Great Pee Dee northward to U.S. Highway 701 Bridge, effective Monday, Sept. 24, through Oct. 19 or when waters recede.

State and Federal authorities have determined that potential hazards associated with and resulting from high waters of the Waccamaw River and Great Pee Dee River are present in the area.

To seek permission to enter the safety zone, contact the Coast Guard via VHF-FM channel 16, or through Coast Guard Sector Charleston’s command center at 843-740-7050. Those in the safety zone must comply with all lawful orders or directions given to them by the COTP’s designated representatives.

Designated representative means a Coast Guard coxswain, petty officer, or other officers operating a Coast Guard vessel and a federal, state or local officer designated by or assisting the COTP in the enforcement of the safety zones.

This Marine Safety Information Bulletin can be viewed at https://homeport.uscg.mil/port-directory/charleston. For questions or concerns regarding this MSIB, please contact Sector Charleston waterways management division at (843) 323-7761, the Sector’s 24-hour command center at (843) 740-7050, the Horry County emergency operations center at (843) 915-5150, or the Georgetown County emergency operations center at (843) 545-3273.

For photos and video of the Coast Guard’s preparation and response to Hurricane Florence, visit our Hurricane Florence Flickr album.

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