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Coast Guard and Power Cat Collide
CHARLESTON, SC (Sun 12/06/09) --

A US Coast Guard small boat, similar to the one pictured here, collided with the high-speed power catamaran "Thriller" just after 8:00 PM last night. The accident occurred in Charleston Harbor in clear weather.

The passengers on board the catamaran were evacuated by a second Coast Guard vessel that responded to the accident scene. Three to four of Thriller's passengers were taken to an area hospital for injuries and have since been released.

"Thriller" is a 43 passenger, high-speed catamaran whose operators advertise off-shore tours with "A perfect mix of live narration and rock music ..." They also state the boat is "... the fastest tour boat in the harbor ..." There are similar boats that operate out of Miami and St. Marteen.

The Coast Guard's 25 foot Defender Class Boat is capable of speeds in excess of 45 knots and carries a crew of 2 to 6 people. The Coast Guard small boat, with a crew of three on board, was reportedly returning from escort duty out of the harbor and was transiting the channel back to its base. Thriller was reportedly crossing the channel headed to Shem Creek when the collision occurred. There is no word as of yet on the speed of either vessel at the time of the collision.

The Coast Guard vessel sustained no damage while the catamaran was damaged moderately above the waterline. The investigation into the accident is on going.

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