SCDNR investigating two boating incidents following Cherry Grove 4th of July fireworks

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Published: Jul. 5, 2022 at 11:03 AM EDT|Updated: Jul. 5, 2022 at 11:31 AM EDT
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NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WMBF) – Officers with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources were busy following the fireworks in Cherry Grove.

Capt. Michael Thomas with SCDNR was called to two boating incidents between 10 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. in the North Strand.

In the first incident, Thomas said a boat lost power just offshore near 50th Avenue North in Cherry Grove and ended up getting flipped over by the surf. North Myrtle Beach Fire Rescue helped in the response and said that boat capsized about 20-30 feet from the shore.

SCDNR said that all occupants of the boat were able to make it to the beach. North Myrtle Beach Fire Rescue evaluated the two people on the scene, and they refused medical transport.

SCDNR and the North Myrtle Beach Rescue Squad were also called to the South Jetty in Little River after a boat hit it.

The rescue squad said a 27-foot boat hit the jetty, trapping six people on the rocks.

The two agencies worked with Horry County Fire Rescue’s Boat 2 to rescue those involved.

Thomas said that some people suffered minor injuries in the crash.

The SCDNR said both boating incidents are still under investigation.

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