Coast Guard locates missing dredge mariner near Charleston

Coast Guard Sector Charleston logoCHARLESTON, S.C. — Coast Guard crews suspended their search Friday for a missing mariner near Charleston Harbor after locating the mariner’s body near Orange grove Creek.

The mariner went missing after a dredge workboat capsized Thursday evening.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Charleston received notification from a fisherman that they had found the man at approximately 7:50 a.m. Watchstanders diverted Coast Guard crews to the location but were unable to recover the mariner due to water depth. Charleston County Sheriff’s used an airboat to reach him.

“While the response was immediate and involved eight agencies, we were ultimately unable to locate the mariner in time. Our condolences go out to the family, friends, and coworkers dealing with this heartbreaking loss,” said Capt. John Reed, commander of Coast Guard Sector Charleston.

Coast Guard rescue crews were composed of a Coast Guard Air Facility Charleston MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew and three Coast Guard Station Charleston response boat crews. Crews searched throughout the night and conducted first light searches.

Other agencies involved with the search were Charleston City Fire, North Charleston Fire, Charleston Police, Mount Pleasant Police, Mount Pleasant Fire, Charleston County Sheriffs, and South Carolina Department of Natural Resources.

The cause of the incident is under investigation.

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