The U.S. Coast Guard responded to a capsized barge in the waters off Surfside Beach Wednesday.
A Coast Guard boat and helicopter from Georgetown went out to help with the clean up. As of Wednesday afternoon, no pollution has been detected, according to a press release. The Coast Guard says it is working with the barge’s owner to identify any potential hazards.
The barge appeared to be about a half-mile from the beach. The clean-up operation was well in view of people on the beach.
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Great Lakes Dredging owned the barge and was on scene. It is unknown how the barge capsized.
The barge was there to help dredge for sand for beach re-nourishment, a company spokesperson told The Sun News. Great Lakes has a pipeline to get sand onto the beach.
No injuries were reported.