C.G., high-speed cat collide

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A tour boat cruise went awry for Thriller Charleston passengers, when a 25-foot Coast Guard small boat and the 43-foot passenger high-speed catamaran Thriller collided in Charleston Harbor, S.C.
Conditions at the time were fair, the sky was clear with winds merely at 10 to 15 mph, according to reports.

The Coast Guard small boat was reported to be transiting the channel while Thriller was crossing the channel. The collision occurred Dec. 5.
Three passengers aboard Thriller sustained injuries, according to reports. A second Coast Guard vessel — a 41-foot Coast Guard utility boat crew from Station Charleston — evacuated the 24-passengers who were on Thriller. They were taken to Charleston Harbor Marina to await emergency personnel. They were reported to be OK at this time, according to the Coast Guard.
The Coast Guard and the National Transportation Safety Board are both conducting an investigation into the incident. “We’re not investigating together, just at the same time,” says Petty Officer 3rd Class Cindy Beckert. “The Coast Guard is conducting more of an administrative investigation, while the NTSB is investigating in terms of cause and future safety.”
No official cause had been determined, according to the Coast Guard and the NTSB, as both of their investigations are still pending. The Coast Guard vessel sustained some damage and Thriller is reported to have sustained moderate damage above the waterline, according to the Coast Guard.

This article originally appeqared in the Mid-Atlantic Home Waters Section of the February 2010 issue.