Emergency calls released in Navy boat accident at Charleston harbor

Emergency calls released in Navy boat accident at Charleston harbor

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Authorities have released emergency calls in connection to an accident that happened in the Charleston Harbor that injured three people on a Navy boat on Saturday.

"We're putting out a mayday at this time," said a sailor onboard the 34-foot Naval boat."We've struck a buoy and we're taking on water on our bow."

Coast Guard officials said the 34-foot Naval patrol boat ran across jetties, causing the accident around 10:15 p.m.  Charleston Fire Battalion Chief Mike Julazadeh said the boat struck the "South Jetty."

The newly released recordings also include audio by the Coast Guard alerting authorities in the area to the incident.

"A 34-foot Naval patrol boat smacked up against a jetty in the Charleston harbor," said a petty officer with Coast Guard Charleston."They were taking on water and we have some injuries onboard."

Julazadeh said the injuries comprised of three people who were hospitalized, with one person being airlifted and two others transported by boat.

A Charleston Fire Department boat responding to the rescue started to take on water after striking an unidentified object, according to Julazadeh.

Other boats responding to the Navy boat rescue aided the firefighters in getting their boat back to the dock.  No firefighters were injured.

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