Folly Boat Floats Away, Crashes Into Dock

September 12, 2017, 10:47 am EST | Share:

FOLLY BEACH, SC (CAROLINE BALCHUNAS, WTAT-TV) — It was a an icon for years, left by Hurricane Hugo in 1989, the Folly Boat was a welcoming sign to visitors of the island – but Hurricane Irma had other plans on Monday.

As storm surge and high tides met the Lowcountry during yesterday’s storm, the beloved boat washed away from it’s location of 25 years and later crashed into a dock down the river.

Chris John, the man who owns the property where the boat was found, said he was looking out the window when he saw the boat float into the dock.

He says the dock and boardwalk was already flimsy and the boat’s collision really pushed it over the edge, knocking a portion into the river.

John says he remembers when the iconic boat washed up during Hurricane Hugo and says it is pretty wild to see in his own backyard.

“I saw the boat float right into the dock. I was sitting there watching and then here comes the Folly Boat floating into my dock,” he recalled. “It was pretty shocking to see that.”

During the storm, John and a friend hopped on the boat and tethered it to a post in an effort to save the beloved Folly icon.

John says he is now looking for anyone with advice on how to get the boat back to its location.