FACT CHECK: Did Navy SEALs Sink A FEMA Barge Headed To South Carolina?

Christine Sellers | Fact Check Reporter

A post shared on Facebook purports U.S. Navy SEALs sunk a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) barge heading for South Carolina.

Verdict: False

The claim stems from a satirical website. There is no evidence a FEMA barge was sunk by the military.

Fact Check:

Approximately 100 people have been confirmed dead following Hurricane Ian’s landfall in Florida in September, according to Reuters. The hurricane made landfall in Florida as a Category 4 storm before reaching North and South Carolina as a Category 1 storm, according to Axios.

The Facebook post claims Navy SEALs sunk a FEMA barge that was reportedly carrying “torture apparatuses” heading for South Carolina as Hurricane Ian moved toward the state. The SEAL team intercepted the barge and detonated it 35 miles east of Georgetown, South Carolina, the post alleges.

The claim is false. There are no credible news reports suggesting any FEMA ships had sunk deliberately or by accident. Likewise, neither the U.S. Navy nor FEMA have mentioned the claim or their verified social media pages or respective websites.

A keyword search reveals the claim stems from an Oct. 1 article published by the website, “Real Raw News.” A disclaimer on the website’s “About Us” page indicates it contains “humor, parody, and satire.” (RELATED: Does This Image Show ‘FEMA Camp Containers’?)

The latest claim from “Real Raw News” follows a Sept. 29 article published by the website which claims U.S. Special Forces fought FEMA agents who allegedly ransacked the homes of hurricane victims in Southwest Florida.

Check Your Fact has contacted spokespersons at the U.S. Navy and FEMA for comment and will update this piece accordingly if one is received.

Christine Sellers

Fact Check Reporter

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