Coast Guard responds to capsized barge near Surfside Beach, SC

The Coast Guard responds to a 30-foot barge which capsized near Surfside Beach, South Carolina August 15, 2018. Coast Guard Sector Charleston is working closely with the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control and barge owner to identify potential impacts to the environment. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)

The Coast Guard responded to a 30-foot barge which capsized near Surfside Beach, South Carolina August 15, 2018. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)

CHARLESTON, S.C. — The Coast Guard responded Wednesday to a capsized barge near Surfside Beach.

Coast Guard Sector Charleston Command Center watchstanders received a National Response Center report stating an unmanned 30-foot construction barge had capsized.

Sector Charleston deployed a Coast Guard Station Georgetown 29-foot Response Boat-Small and Coast Guard Air Facility Charleston MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew to assess for pollution threats. No pollution has been reported at this time.

The Coast Guard is working closely with the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control and Great Lakes Dredging and Dock, the owner, to identify potential hazards and remove the barge. Due to safety concerns, the Coast Guard is requesting the public avoid the area during the salvage operation.

The cause of the incident is under investigation.

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