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Officials board 69 boats on Intracoastal Waterway during safety sweep

Alexx Altman-Devilbiss | WPDE

The Georgetown County Sheriff's Office joined 35 other agencies on Friday to perform a law enforcement and safety sweep on the Intracoastal Waterway throughout the state of South Carolina including Chatham County, Georgia.

During Operation Hammerhead, a total of 69 vessels were boarded resulting in two violations and 13 warnings from the Dept. of Natural Resources, 13 violations and eight warnings from the U.S. Coast Guard, two citations and 18 warnings from the police departments.

Agencies participating included: 43rd CST, Beaufort County Sheriff's Office, Berkeley County SO, CBP OFO Charleston, CCEMS, CCSO, CFD, Chatham Co SO, Colleton Co SO, CPD, DHS, Georgetown Co SO, HSI Charleston, IOC, MPPD, CGIS, MSU Savannah, NCPD, North Myrtle Beach PD, SCDNR Beaufort, SCDNR Charleston, SCDNR Horry, SLED, USCG AUX Savannah, US Border Patrol, US Department of State, USCG EMFR, USCG Charleston Response, USCG Georgetown, USCG Intel GA, USCG Intel SC, USCG MSU Savannah, USCG SBT Charleston, USCG Station Charleston, USCG Station Tybee, and USCGC Yellowfin) with 113 total personnel represented from these agencies.

A total of 21 vessels, 1 SLED helicopter, 1 AUX Plane, and the 43rd CST HAZMAT assisted with this operation.

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