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.