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    • NAV ALERT: LNMs: Shifting Wreck, Savannah River Entrance, near AICW Statute Mile 576


      This wreck is north of the Tybee Roads section of the Savannah River Inlet shipping channel. Our thanks to Officer Jeromy Sherrill for this notice.

      GEORGIA – SAVANNAH RIVER AND WASSAW SOUND – CALIBOGUE SOUND ENTRANCE: Hazard to Navigation
      Mariners are advised NOAA conducted a survey of the area from Calibogue Sound, South Carolina towards Tybee Island, Georgia. They determined a previous position of a shipwreck and charted it on the NOAA navigation charts. The wreck appears to have shifted approximately 700 yards to the northeast into deeper water sometimes transited by vessels and is now located at 32-03.480 N/080-49.560W. The NOAA survey determined the wreck is completely submerged and extends from up to four feet below the surface. The NOAA charts have been updated with the new position.
      Although the current position is marked, vessel operators transiting the area are reminded to update to the latest NOAA navigation chart, exercise caution, proceed at safe speeds, and remain aware the vessel may shift positions in the future. Chart 11512 11513 LNM 06/20

      MSIB 01-20 Shipwreck Navigation Hazard Between Tybee Island, GA and Hilton Head, SC Near Savannah River Entrance. 
      On December 19, 2019, a commercial fishing vessel travelling from Calibogue Sound, SC towards Tybee Island, GA, struck an underwater wreck and quickly sank. Fortunately, all crewmembers were rescued. The accident followed another incident that occurred on November 3, 2019 when a recreational yacht struck the same wreck resulting in damage to the hull and propellers. Following the November incident, NOAA conducted a survey of the area and determined the position of the wreck and marked it on the NOAA navigation charts. The U.S. Coast Guard belives this wreck is the same as a steel-hulled commercial fishing vessel that sank in 2017 and was previously charted in the same area at position Latitude 32˚ 03.176’ N; Longitude 080˚ 49.839’ W. The wreck appears to have shifted approximately 700 yards to the Northeast into deeper water sometimes transited by vessels and is now located at Latitude 32˚ 03.480’ N; Longitude 080˚ 49.560’ W. The NOAA survey determined the wreck is completely submerged and extends from up to four feet below the surface.

      Although the current position is marked, vessel operators transiting the area are reminded to update to the latest NOAA navigation chart, exercise caution, proceed at safe speeds, and remain aware the vessel may shift positions in the future. Any accidental allisions with the wreck should be reported immediately to the Coast Guard on Channel 16 VHF-FM or Sector Charleston Command Center at (843) 740-7050.

      Sherrill, Jeromy N MSTC”

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