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Charleston Jetties Claim Another Vessel
CHARLESTON, SC (11/30/08) --

The Charleston Jetties claimed another vessel last week. The 63 foot Cheoy Lee motorsailer Ryota, hailing from Jacksonville, struck one of the jetties Thursday morning and sank about 30 minutes later. Dewayne and Lynne Wesley, along with their dog, were rescued by the vessel Pay Dirt shortly before RYOTA slipped beneath the surface.

The jetties were built in the late 1800's to prevent silting in the entrance to Charleston Harbor. They extend out into the Atlantic Ocean nearly three nautical miles and are a full half nautical mile apart at their closest point. And because they are typically submerged at high tide, they can be devastating to the unsuspecting mariner not paying attention to details.

Even though they are clearly shown on charts and chart plotters, we still have about 5 to 10 jetty groundings a year. The most serious to date was during a storm in December of 1997 when the 35 foot sailing vessel Morning Dew crashed into the jetties. All four aboard lost their lives.

The sinking of Ryota, built in 1984 and valued at approximately $600,000, has not disrupted navigation and the approach to Charleston Harbor remains open. Charleston Marine Services is reportedly in charge of salvaging the vessel.


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