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Iconic boat washes away during Tropical Storm Irma

In this Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017 photo, the Folly boat that crashed into Chris John's dock during tropical storm Irma sits in the marsh behind his house on James Island, S.C. Residents hope to return the iconic boat to a South Carolina beach. The boat had washed ashore during Hurricane Hugo in 1989 and had served as a billboard, with people painting messages on the craft. (Michael Pronzato/The Post And Courier via AP)
September 29, 2017 - 3:33 AM

FOLLY BEACH, S.C. - Residents hope to return an iconic boat to a South Carolina beach.

The Folly Boat washed away from the road leading to Folly Beach during Tropical Storm Irma this month.

The boat had washed ashore during Hurricane Hugo in 1989 and had served as a billboard, with people painting messages on the craft.

This time, it was found about 2 miles (3 kilometres) away, crashed into a dock.

Ryan Godbout helped secure the boat and estimates it would take $150,000 to move it near its original location. It probably can't go back to the original location, partly on the highway right of way and partly in a marsh. Permits would be needed from transportation and environmental officials.

Folly Beach Mayor Tom Goodwin says he doesn't expect taxpayer's money would be used.

News from © The Associated Press, 2017
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