Cruisers have reported that they have passed through the Socastee Bridge in South Carolina, opening the AICW. The bridge is reportedly in maintenance mode and opens and closes slowly.
Note on below modification of safety alert: Although the modification opens the waters mentioned in the below areas, through traffic between Myrtle Beach and Georgetown in South Carolina remains essentially closed.
Safety Alert Modified to Open Parts of ICW
On Oct. 6, the U.S. Coast Guard and the S.C. Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) announced a new update canceling previously issued emergency “Safety Zone” orders limiting boating traffic on waterways in flood-affected areas of the South Carolina coast.
USCG Marine Safety Information Bulletin # 40-18 Update-3 cancels the previously issued temporary safety zone(s) on all waters of the Waccamaw River along the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway from Winyah Bay to the Little River Swing Bringe, all waters of the Sampit River, all waters of the Great Pee Dee River from Winyah Bay northward to the Waccamaw National Wildlife Refuge, and all waters of the Black River from its junction with the Great Pee Dee northward to U. S. Highway 701 Bridge.
MSIB 38-18 regarding the Socastee Swing Bridge closure is still in effect until further notice.
However, it is important to note that there are still numerous areas of abnormally high water, as well as extensive damage to docks and homes, throughout the flooded areas of the Pee Dee and Upper Coast. It is imperative that boaters in these areas keep a good lookout and maintain a safe speed that does not create wake that will do further damage in areas where high waters persist. The SCDNR would ask ALL boaters in these areas to please slow down and have extra concern for the people along these waterways who are still dealing with high water and property damage. REMEMBER: Boaters are responsible for the wake cast by their vessel (and any damage caused by that wake) at ALL times.
Sept. 4 Announcement:
The below released Safety Alert by the USCG essentially closes the ICW from Myrtle Beach, SC, to Georgetown, SC.
This is effective Sept. 24-Oct. 19, or when water recedes, approximately 70 miles from MM 345 to MM 415. Boats can enter the area only with Coast Guard permission by calling one of the below numbers, or via VHF.
Flooding waters in the rivers have lowered bridge clearances, some bridges have been closed and there is a danger of both submersed and floating debris.
Captain of the Port (Sector Charleston) establishes safety zone in the Pee Dee region of South Carolina
Sep 24th, 2018
CHARLESTON, S.C. – The Coast Guard Captain of the Port (COTP) set a temporary safety zone on all waters of the Waccamaw River along the Intracoastal Waterway from Winyah Bay to the Little River Swing Bridge, all waters of the Sampit River, all waters of the Great Pee Dee River from Winyah Bay northward to Pee Dee Game Management Area, and all waters of the Black River from its junction with the Great Pee Dee northward to U.S. Highway 701 Bridge, effective Monday, Sept. 24, through Oct. 19 or when waters recede.
State and Federal authorities have determined that potential hazards associated with and resulting from high waters of the Waccamaw River and Great Pee Dee River are present in the area.
To seek permission to enter the safety zone, contact the Coast Guard via VHF-FM channel 16, or through Coast Guard Sector Charleston’s command center at 843-740-7050. Those in the safety zone must comply with all lawful orders or directions given to them by the COTP’s designated representatives.
Designated representative means a Coast Guard coxswain, petty officer, or other officers operating a Coast Guard vessel and a federal, state or local officer designated by or assisting the COTP in the enforcement of the safety zones.
This Marine Safety Information Bulletin can be viewed at https://homeport.uscg.mil/port-directory/charleston. For questions or concerns regarding this MSIB, please contact Sector Charleston waterways management division at (843) 323-7761, the Sector’s 24-hour command center at (843) 740-7050, the Horry County emergency operations center at (843) 915-5150, or the Georgetown County emergency operations center at (843) 545-3273.
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