After a boating crash in the Intracoastal Waterway, dive teams with SCDNR are searching for a missing person.
Near Burcale Road on the Intracoastal Waterway, Horry County Fire Rescue and the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources responded to the crash just before 9 p.m.
A jon boat collided with a dock, according to the SCDNR.
The Horry County Fire Rescue is urging boaters to be cautious while the Horry County Police Department, Coast Guard, SCDNR and HCFR’s Marine Rescue and Dive Team search the area between Peachtree Landing and George Bishop Parkway.
Additionally, first responders and officers will be more visible in the area, according to the agency.
An investigation into the crash is in its early stages, according to the SCDNR.
SCDNR stands for South Carolina Department of Natural Resources. It is an agency responsible for the management and conservation of South Carolina’s natural resources, including wildlife, fish, and forests. The agency also oversees the state’s water resources and coastal zone management. SCDNR’s mission is to serve as the primary stewardship agency responsible for the preservation and enhancement of South Carolina’s natural resources for the benefit of current and future generations.
The Intracoastal Waterway (ICW) is a chain of canals, bays, rivers, and inlets that runs along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts of the United States. It stretches from Boston, Massachusetts, all the way down to Brownsville, Texas, covering a distance of approximately 3,000 miles.
The ICW was originally designed as a navigational route for small boats that could not handle the rough waters of the open ocean. Today, it is mainly used by recreational boats, but also serves commercial shipping, fishing, and other maritime industries.
The ICW provides a scenic and protected route for boaters, with many stops along the way for sightseeing, dining, and shopping. The waterway also plays an important role in coastal conservation and management by providing access for researchers and managers to study and monitor coastal ecosystems and habitats.