Coast Guard searching for missing mariner after dredge workboat capsizes near Charleston

Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter file photo

Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter file photo

CHARLESTON, S.C. — Coast Guard and partner agency crews are searching for a missing mariner after a dredge workboat capsized near Charleston Harbor Thursday.

Two mariners were on the workboat when it capsized, one was recovered by the dredge.

Coast Guard Sector Charleston Command Center watchstanders were notified at 9:51 p.m, Thursday, the Dredge Brunswick was towing a workboat with two mariners that capsized. A Coast Guard Air Facility Charleston MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew and two Coast Guard Station Charleston response boat crews searched throughout the night and are currently conducting first light searches.

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

The cause of the incident is under investigation.

The vessel’s owner is coordinating salvage.

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