Wacca Wache boat landing closing for drill

akelley@thesunnews.comJanuary 30, 2014 

The Wacca Wache boat landing in Murrells Inlet will close at 5 p.m. Jan. 31 until 6 p.m. Feb. 1 for a multi-agency public safety exercise.

Other facilities at the Wacca Wache Marina will remain open.

The exercise, known as Operation Coastal Response 2014, will take place Saturday in and around the Bucksport area, Sandy Island, Wacca Wache and the Reserve Marina, said Georgetown County spokeswoman Jackie Broach.

The exercise is a joint effort between Georgetown and Horry counties and is designed to train and assess the emergency response to a mass casualty/fatality incident, and to coordinate and integrate multi-agency and multi-discipline assets from local, state and federal agencies that would likely provide support and assistance in a large-scale incident.

Officials will simulate a commercial airliner crash near the border between Georgetown and Horry counties. Residents may notice unusual activity in this area, including the use of military helicopters, as the exercise plays out, primarily in the morning and afternoon Saturday.

Agencies participating in this exercise will include Georgetown County Emergency Management, Georgetown County Fire/EMS, the Georgetown Sheriff’s Office, Georgetown County School District, Murrells Inlet-Garden City Fire Department, Midway Fire Rescue, Georgetown County Public Information, Georgetown County Public Services Department, Georgetown Memorial Hospital, Waccamaw Community Hospital, the S.C. Helicopter Aquatic Rescue Team, The Salvation Army, Myrtle Beach International Airport, Horry County Emergency Management and various supporting agencies

For information contact the Georgetown County Emergency Management office by calling 545-3273.

Contact AMANDA KELLEY at 626-0381, or follow her at Twitter.com/TSN_akelley.

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