Coast Guard Officer Injured During Boarding Operation

CHARLESTON, S.C. – A Coast Guard member was injured today during a vessel of interest boarding of a 793-foot container ship 12-miles east of Charleston at 10 a.m.

Ensign Rachael Perrot, 23, is assigned to Coast Guard Sector Charleston in the enforcement division and was boarding the merchant vessel Kamari when she lost her footing and fell 12-feet from a rope ladder.

Perrot was immediately picked up by a Coast Guard small boat. She was then transported by a Coast Guard helicopter from Air Facility Charleston to the Medical University of South Carolina for a head injury she sustained during the fall.

Perrot has been treated and released. The Coast Guard is investigating the cause of the incident. The seas were four to six-feet with winds of 20 knots at the time of the boarding.

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