3 people, 1 dog rescued in Charleston Harbor; heavy sea conditions reported

CHARLESTON, S.C. — Three people and one dog were rescued from a sinking recreational boat by Coast Guard rescue crews in Charleston Harbor Sunday.

Coast Guard watchstanders at Sector Charleston were notified at 11:56 a.m., Sunday, thru a marine-radio via VHF-FM Channel 16 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.

Two Coast Guard Station Charleston 25-foot rescue boat crews responded. Three boaters and one dog were safely removed at 12:06 p.m., 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. At the time of the rescue, Coast Guard crews on-scene reported 4-foot seas within the harbor.

The Coast Guard is strongly urging boaters and swimmers to stay off and stay out of ocean waters along Georgia and South Carolina coastlines until the storm has passed and sea conditions return to normal.

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For updates on port conditions throughout Georgia and South Carolina, visit the Sector Charleston Homeport.

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