NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – One person is facing a felony charge of boating under the influence following a Saturday night boat crash that sent four people into the water near North Charleston.

U.S. Coast Guard officials told News 2 that four people were pulled from the Cooper River after being ejected when their 25-foot center console collided with a dredge buoy, dredge boat, and the tend boat at a high rate of speed.

It happened near the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center.

Coast Guard Sector Charleston was notified about the incident just after 7:30 p.m.


Officials said one person was recovered by the North Charleston Fire Department, another by the dredge boat, and the last two were recovered by a good Samaritan. “Three reported without injury, one was reported in critical condition,” officials said.

That person was taken to the Medical University of South Carolina for treatment.

Nicholas Francesco Zuccala, 39, was arrested on a charge of boating under the influence.

Both the SCDNR and U.S. Coast Guard are investigating the incident.

No other details were provided. Count on 2 for updates.