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      Boats remain in SC creek after deadline to remove

      HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) - The deadline for removing two shrimp boats which ran aground near Hilton Head is expiring. Yet the boats remain in place, with shrimp baskets, cabinets, foam insulation and other debris falling the waters of Jarvis Creek.

      The Island Packet reports the vessels got stuck Aug. 14, as the captain of the Port Royal-based Lady Essie tried to tow the Dianie from a nearby dock.

      The 30-day state deadline for salvaging or moving the Dianie has expired. The deadline for removing the Lady Essie is Friday.

      DHEC spokeswoman Lindsay Evans says a meeting is set for Oct. 15 with the owner of the Dianie to discuss the failure to salvage the boat. She says although the deadline has passed, there's no timetable yet for the vessel's removal.

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      Information from: The Island Packet, http://www.islandpacket.com

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