The City of Myrtle Beach is in the heart of the Grand Strands 60-mile stretch of natural beauty on South Carolina’s northeastern coast. Our Marine Unit provides coverage for the approximately 10-miles of coastline and areas of the Intra-Coastal Waterway (ICW) that is located within the City. In order to provide this coverage, officers can be seen patrolling the beach on foot, in four-wheel drive trucks, golf carts or ATVs. These types of vehicles allow for both emergency response and easy access and interaction with the public. The marine unit also maintains a small fleet of modified watercraft to meet the needs of the unit for both day and night operations. These vessels include jet skies with specially equipped rescue sleds, jet propelled ridged haul inflatable boats (RIBS) capable of being surf launched to provide for a fast long range rescue operations and traditional center console fiberglass outboard vessels with specialty sonar and electronics.
The Marine Unit is a specialized unit, all of the officers are certified as lifeguards. This certification includes being proficient in water rescue. Officers also hold certifications in both CPR, First Aid and various ratings in boat operations. The Marine Unit works hand-in-hand with the assigned lifeguards to the beach in order to provide a safe environment for our residents and our visitors. Follow this link for more information about beach laws and boating regulations.