Thursday, December 4, 2008

Sailboat Recovered from Charleston Harbor

Charleston, SC - The US Coast Guard Sector Charleston is reporting the removal of S/V Ryota a 63 foot Cheoy Lee motorsailer that sank last week on Thanksgiving Day, after running into the Charleston Harbor jetties.

News Channel 4 Charleston

The 63- foot sailboat was re-floated and removed this afternoon by salvage crews, that included divers, two cranes, two barges and a number of other water craft.

Harbor traffic was restricted during the operation that may cost upwards of $100,000.00

The Florida couple who own the yacht and their dog were rescued from the sinking boat by sportfisher "Pay Dirt" around 7:30 AM on Thanksgiving day.

News Channel 4 Charleston

News Channel 4 Charleston

News Channel 4 Charleston

Weather delayed the removal during the past week but the submerged vessel was well marked with buoys, pennants and a flashing beacon. Once the weather cleared the operation began in earnest on Tuesday.

Sector Charleston is reminding boaters of the hazards of boating in cold weather. Boaters should always seek local knowledge before sailing into unfamiliar ports.

Watch the News 4 Charleston Video Report

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