The Coast Guard is in the process of hiring a contractor to remove a 45-foot recreational boat that sank near a popular Mount Pleasant marina Saturday.
A Coast Guard release states its personnel were notified of the sunken vessel at Shem Creek near Geechie Seafood on Friday. Pollution responders found the vessel Miss Caroline mostly submerged at its pier and actively sheening diesel fuel. The report said the boat’s owner had made several unsuccessful attempts to salvage the vessel.
A Coast Guard spokesman told the Charleston Post & Courier that a person living on-board disconnected the bilge pump used to remove water which collects in the hull.
Due to the owner’s inability to salvage the vessel, the Coast Guard intends to contract a local salvage company to raise the vessel and remove any fuel that may still remain onboard.
Shem Creek hosts a marina located just inland from the Charleston Harbor. The area includes a few popular seafood restaurants and outfitters.