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Coast Guard finds body of missing dredge crewman in Charleston Harbor

The U.S. Coast Guard has found the body of a crewman who was aboard a dredge work boat when it capsized in Charleston Harbor Thursday.
The U.S. Coast Guard has found the body of a crewman who was aboard a dredge work boat when it capsized in Charleston Harbor Thursday. tdominick@thestate.com

The U.S. Coast Guard says it located the body of a missing worker who was thrown into Charleston Harbor when a dredge work boat capsized Thursday night, according to a press release.

A fisherman made the discovery at about 7:50 a.m. Friday and the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office recovered the body using an airboat, the Coast Guard said in the release.

“While the response was immediate and involved eight agencies, we were ultimately unable to locate the mariner in time. Our condolences go out to the family, friends, and coworkers dealing with this heartbreaking loss,” Capt. John Reed, commander of Coast Guard Sector Charleston, said in a statement.

The cause of death and identity of the victim were not released.

Two people were aboard the vessel when it flipped, and one was found alive Thursday evening, officials said. Details of that worker’s condition were not released.

Coast Guard officials said they learned of the incident at 9:51 p.m. Thursday.

The work boat was being towed by the Dredge Brunswick when it flipped over, said a release. WCBD is reporting the rescued worker was picked up by the dredge ship.

Charleston’s police and fire departments and the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office joined the search, according to a release.

“The cause of the incident is under investigation,” said the Coast Guard release. “The vessel’s owner is coordinating salvage.”

Coast Guard Petty Officer 1st Class Jordon Shevlin, a rescue swimmer from Air Station Atlantic City, NJ., gets battered and buffeted to investigate a truck caught in dangerous flooding in the wake of Hurricane Florence, Sept. 16, 2018.

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