• Thursday, April 25, 2013

Channel Marker 25 was hit by a City of Charleston Fire Boat while responding to a Mayday call last week. STAFF PHOTO BY SULLY WITTE

The captain of Charleston’s fire boat knew he’d struck a harbor buoy while racing to the scene of a Navy boat stuck on the Charleston jetty late Saturday, audio recordings obtained by The Post and Courier of marine radio conversations indicate.

“Dispatch, we’re putting out a Mayday at this time,” the captain says. “We struck a buoy. We’re taking on water on our bow.”

After the strike, the unidentified captain later reported the steering “is all over the place. I got no control on it.”

The buoy strike caused the damage that put a gash in the side of the $850,000 boat. The slice measured less than three feet in length.

The channel marker was green buoy 25, set in the water between Fort Moultrie and Fort Sumter.

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