Boat floating again in Shem Creek after sinking last week

MT. PLEASANT, SC (WCSC) - Coast Guard officials say a boat that sank in Shem Creek near Geechie Seafood in Mount Pleasant has been refloated and all fuel has been removed.

A press release by authorities say the Coast Guard contracted the removal of fuel and hazardous substances that may have been aboard the 45-foot pleasure craft Miss Carolina after the boat's owner was unable to salvage it.

According to the Coast Guard, the boat will remained boomed off with a soft sorbent padding for the short term, in an effort to capture any residual pollution.

Authorities say they released the vessel back to the owner on Monday and requested him to make permanent repairs or have the boat removed from the water.

The Coast Guard says last week the boat was found mostly submerged at the pier and was actively sheening diesel fuel. The owner had made attempts to salvage the vessel on Friday without success.

Authorities say the Coast Guard then contracted a salvage company to raise the boat and remove any fuel that may still be onboard.

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