Coast Guard, local agencies to conduct rescue exercise

FILE/Wade Spees Coast Guard, shown airlifting an infant Sunday from a vessel in St. Helena Sound, will be conducting a rescue exercise off Patriots Point on Wednesday.

The Coast Guard, along with several law enforcement and rescue agencies, will conduct a mass rescue exercise Wednesday.

The event is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. and end by noon at Patriots Point in Mount Pleasant.

The scenario will require agencies to respond to a boat that is sinking after striking a submerged object and coordinate the rescue of eight mannequins in the water.

The purpose of the exercise is to improve coordination, communication and techniques among the participating agencies.

Participating agencies include law enforcement, fire, dispatch and rescue from Charleston County, Mount Pleasant, North Charleston, Sullivan’s Island and Isle of Palms. The American Red Cross, The Citadel, SpiritLine Cruises and Charleston Branch Pilots Association, among others, will also take part in the rescue exercise.

Reach Melissa Boughton at 937-5594 or at Twitter.com/mboughtonPC.