Shrimp boat runs aground in Calibogue Sound; two rescued

Two people were rescued by the U.S. Coast Guard from a 55-foot shrimp boat after it began filling up with water in Calibogue Sound shortly after noon today.

The Coast Guard received a report that the Justin Bradley was taking on water at about 12:15 p.m., according to OS1 Chris McDonald at Coast Guard Base Charleston.

A Coast Guard boat launched from Tybee Island, while a Coast Guard helicopter already in the air was diverted to the scene, McDonald said.

Another shrimp boat — the Daddy’s Girl, owned by Bluffton Oyster Co.’s Larry Toomer — arrived before the Coast Guard did but was unable to get close to the other boat because the water was too shallow, McDonald said.

The Coast Guard arrived at about 12:45 p.m. and took the two people onboard to Harbour Town.

The owner of the Justin Bradley said he would salvage the boat himself, McDonald said.

The vessel has since run aground at Red Marker 6 in Calibogue Sound, he said.