MOUNT PLEASANT — The Coast Guard plans to oversee the removal of any fuel still aboard a 45-foot recreational boat that sunk in Shem Creek earlier in the week.
The Miss Caroline sank at a pier near Geechee Seafood. It is not near the channel, said Lt. Cmdr. Derek Beatty, of the U.S. Coast Guard.
“The person living onboard at some point disconnected the bilge pump,” Beatty said. A bilge pump removes water that collects in the hull.
The Miss Caroline was found mostly submerged at the pier and was actively sheening diesel fuel, according to a Coast Guard news release. The owner made attempts to salvage the vessel Friday but couldn’t.
The Coast Guard will contract a salvage company to raise the boat and remove any fuel or other hazardous material on board, Beatty said.