Coast Guard Searching for Missing Anchor

CHARLESTON, S.C. – The Coast Guard and other local agencies are searching for a ship’s missing anchor in the Cooper River Saturday morning.

The Siteam Aniara, a 584-foot Liberian-flagged tank vessel, lost propulsion in the Cooper River just north of the Ravenel Bridge. The vessel dropped its port anchor; however, it separated from the vessel and remains in the Cooper River between Drum Island Reach and Wando Lower Reach. The exact position and depth of the anchor is unknown.

Siteam Aniara has been secured and the Coast Guard Captain of the Port of Charleston has established a safety zone for the Cooper and Wando River from the Ravenel Bridge to the Don Holt Bridge. Vessels with a draft of more than 20-feet are prohibited from entering the safety zone without the permission of the captain of the port.

The Coast Guard is investigating the cause of the incident.

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