CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) – The coroners office has identified a Goose Creek man who was found after a boat capsized in the Charleston Harbor.
The Charleston County Coroners Office identified the body as 49-year-old Derrick Nesmith. His cause of death is pending autopsy findings.
Coast Guard finds body of missing dredge crewman in Charleston Harbor
The Coast Guard located Nesmiths body near Orangegrove Creek Friday morning. He went missing Thursday evening when a dredge workboat capsized.
Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Charleston got word from a fisherman that they found the missing man at 7:50 a.m. on Friday. A report states that Coast Guard crews responded to the location but were unable to recover the mariner due to water depth.
While the response was immediate and involved eight agencies, we were ultimately unable to locate the mariner in time. Our condolences go out to the family, friends, and coworkers dealing with this heartbreaking loss,” said Capt. John Reed, commander of Coast Guard Sector Charleston.
Multiple agencies responded including the Coast Guard, Charleston City Fire, North Charleston Fire, Charleston Police, Mount Pleasant Police, Mount Pleasant Fire, Charleston County Sheriffs and South Carolina Department of Natural Resources.
A fisherman made the discovery at about 7:50 a.m. Friday and the Charleston County Sheriffs Office recovered the body using an airboat, the Coast Guard said in the release.
While the response was immediate and involved eight agencies, we were ultimately unable to locate the mariner in time. Our condolences go out to the family, friends, and coworkers dealing with this heartbreaking loss, Capt. John Reed, commander of Coast Guard Sector Charleston, said in a statement.
Two people were aboard the vessel when it flipped, and one was found alive Thursday evening, officials said. Details of that workers condition were not released.
The work boat was being towed by the Dredge Brunswick when it flipped over, said a release. WCBD is reporting the rescued worker was picked up by the dredge ship.
Charlestons police and fire departments and the Charleston County Sheriffs Office joined the search, according to a release.
The cause of the incident is under investigation, said the Coast Guard release. The vessels owner is coordinating salvage.
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