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    • LNM: AICW MM 366-375, Safety Zone, Waccamaw River, SC

      The flooding of the Waccamaw south of Myrtle Beach has been a major issue for homeowners and boaters alike for years. Wake from passing vessels in the high waters easily floods the lower floors of shoreline homes. High waters float heavy debris, logs, docks, even trees, into the channel, creating hazards for boaters. See NAV ALERT: Caution Required.



      The Captain of the Port Charleston (COTP) has established a temporary safety zone on all waters of the Waccamaw River from Enterprise Landing at Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway (AICW) statute mile 375 north to Fantasy Harbour Fixed Bridge at AICW statute mile 366. Entry of vessels or persons into this zone is prohibited unless vessels proceed at speeds that do not create a wake. State and Federal authorities have determined that wakes from vessels transiting the area create increased hazards associated with high waters present in the area.

      This rule is effective from February 22, 2021, through February 28, 2021, or until waters recede and conditions allow for safe navigation, whichever occurs first. The duration of the safety zone is intended to protect personnel, vessels, and the marine environment while this area experiences high water conditions.

      For questions or concerns regarding this MSIB, please contact Sector Charleston Waterways Management Division at (843) 323-7761 or the Sector’s 24-hour Command Center at (843) 740-7050.

      This MSIB can be viewed at

      Lt Chad Ray
      USCG Sector Charleston
      Waterways Management Div., Chief

      (843) 323-7761


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