Ferry for Sandy Island on SC coast rejected

CONWAY, S.C. (AP) — Worries about costs and Coast Guard certification have prompted a local transportation agency to reject a new ferry for Sandy Island.

The Sun News of Myrtle Beach reports officials have been looking for a more reliable way to the Georgetown County island since three people drowned in a storm in a small boat in 2009. There is no bridge to the island.

The Coastal Regional Transportation Authority turned down a ferry offered by the state Department of Transportation on Wednesday.

There were concerns about the $400,000 needed to retrofit the docks and transport the ferry from Alabama.

The ferry has not been certified by the Coast Guard and officials also worried it might be too big to navigate the Waccamaw River between the mainland and Sandy Island.

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Information from: The Sun News, http://www.thesunnews.com/

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