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      USCG rescues 3 people and a dog in Charleston Harbor

      File photo (Chris Hauff/WCIV)

      CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV)-- Three people and one dog were rescued from a sinking boat by Coast Guard rescue crews in Charleston Harbor Sunday. According to a release from the USCG, Coast Guard watchstanders at Sector Charleston were notified around noon on Sunday, by the owner-operator of a 14-foot recreational vessel. The maritime distress call indicated the boat was flooded due to heavy seas within Charleston Harbor.The release says two 25-foot rescue boat crews responded. Three boaters and one dog were safely removed and transported ashore. The damaged boat was towed ashore by the Coast Guard. "As a result of Tropical Storm Beryl, sea states are very dangerous in the Charleston Harbor and surrounding maritime communities," the release states. "At the time of the rescue, Coast Guard crews on-scene reported 4-foot seas within the harbor."

      The rip currents and turbulent waves didn't just pop up on Sunday. On Saturday, Sullivan's Island Fire and Rescue had to come to the aid of some kite boarders and paddle boarders in distress.

      The Coast Guard issued a warning on Saturday, strongly urging boaters and swimmers to stay out of ocean waters along the Georgia and South Carolina coasts until the storm has passed.

      If you do decide to go out and you find yourself in an emergency situation, call 911 immediately and the USCG will be dispatched. Also, be sure to set your boat radio to VHF Channel 16. That's the emergency frequency which is monitored by the Coast Guard at all times.

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