Loss Of Fishing Vessel Caused By Hitting Submerged Wreck Off Hilton Head

The 2019 stranding and subsequent loss of the fishing vessel Miss Annie was likely caused by the vessel striking a submerged wreck that had shifted from its previously known position, the National Transportation Safety Board said on Thursday.

Three crew members were rescued by the U.S. Coast Guard after the incident on Dec. 19, 2019, in Calibogue Sound, between Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, and Tybee Island, Georgia. The vessel later broke apart. No pollution or injuries were reported. The vessel was a total loss valued at $60,000.

Miss Annie after crewmember rescue on Dec. 19, 2019. U.S. Coast Guard photo

There is no safety recommendation issued with Marine Accident Brief 21/01. However, the NTSB urged mariners to be alert for new hazards that can appear along their intended route. Mariners should adopt a process for identifying new hazards that are not marked on their paper or electronic chart system.

NOAA provides weekly chart updates and a list of all chart corrections for paper charts tracked by chart number and edition
The U.S. Coast Guard provides NOAA chart corrections.

Marine Accident Brief 21/01 can be found online at https://go.usa.gov/xAF9y.

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