Coast Guard rescues 3 boaters after accident near Ravenel Bridge

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CHARLESTON, S.C. — The Coast Guard rescued three boaters Sunday after their vessel struck a dredge near the Ravenel Bridge.

Coast Guard Sector Charleston Command Center watch standers received a notification of a boater whose vessel struck a dredge ejecting two boaters into the water at 12:24 a.m.

A Coast Guard Station Charleston 29-foot Response Boat–Small boatcrew launched and an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew in the area diverted to assist. Two Charleston County Sheriff marine units also responded.

The RB–S boatcrew arrived on scene at 12:47 a.m. and recovered one boater who was sitting on top of the dredge. A Charleston County Sheriff marine unit recovered the other two boaters.

The three boaters were transported to the Charleston Maritime Center where EMS were waiting.

The condition of the boaters is unknown at this time and South Carolina Department of Natural Resources is conducting an investigation.

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