Coast Guard stops charter boat operating illegally in Charleston - WCIV-TV | ABC News 4 - Charleston News, Sports, Weather

Coast Guard stops charter boat operating illegally in Charleston

Posted: Updated:

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- The Coast Guard stopped a charter boat operating illegally in Charleston on Nov. 15.

According to a release, seven paying passengers were on a roundtrip, four-day charter cruise from Charleston to Savannah.

The vessel's operator had a Coast Guard-issued captain's license but it expired in May and was not renewed, Coast Guard officials said.

In addition, the vessel did not have a valid certificate of inspection, which is required for a commercial voyage with more than six passengers, the release states.

The captain's name and the vessel's name have not been released.

Operating a charter vessel without the required documents and operator license is a violation of federal law. If caught, captains can be subject to criminal or civil liability up to $40,000 per violation.

To verify a captain's license or the inspected status of a vessel carrying more than six passengers, you are encouraged to call Coast Guard Sector Charleston at 843-740-7050.

Most Popular

Stories
Videos

Like Us On Facebook


Powered by WorldNow

ABCNews4 WCIV-TV

888 Allbritton Dr.
Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464
843-881-4444 | Advertising Information

Public Information File

For assistance with accessing WCIV-TV's public information file, click here.

Advertising

Advertising Credit Application and Terms and Conditions PDF.

Powered by WorldNow
All content Copyright © 2014 WCIV and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.