Lake Murray, SC (Paul Kirby) – A collision that was reported to be on North Lake Drive at Bush River Road about 6:00 p.m. Saturday evening, turned out to be a swamped personal watercraft on Lake Murray. Irmo Fire District’s North Lake station is very close to that area and responded. They were quickly redirected toward the dock of Dominion's launch on the Irmo side of the dam after it was thought that a boat and a PWC had collided. This all happened as additional information was being obtained by telecommunicators from people who had dialed 911.
When the first fire officer and crew arrived, they immediately requested a boat from the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department. Lexington County Fire Service firefighters were monitoring the call and a swift-water boat was offered. Even though Irmo's boat was enroute, the IFD officer on scene accepted the county’s offer while still evaluating the situation. Lexington County’s boat from the Corley Mill station on Riverchase Way went enroute. All boats were eventually cancelled because the people involved had been brought safely to land by other PWC operators.
Lexington County EMS responded but no serious injuries were reported. Eventually, several were transported from the scene by EMS as a precautionary measure to be checked at a local hospital.
According to Irmo Fire District's battalion chief on duty, he treated the call as if it were serious until he was able to ascertain information that this wasn't a collision, it was a minor incident. He said Sunday morning that it appeared as if the PWC had just swamped with riders onboard. They had not hit or been hit by a boat. When they swamped their PWC, they simply weren't able to clear it. It had sunk down past the normal waterline. They were in the cold water until others picked them up and took them to the landing.