Heavy waves attributed to Tropical Storm Beryl overwhelmed a boat in Charleston Harbor today, resulting in a Coast Guard rescue.
The owner of a 14-foot recreational vessel sent out a distress call a few minutes before noon, saying that the boat was flooded due to heavy seas in the harbor, according to the Coast Guard.
Two 25-foot rescue boat crews responded from Coast Guard Station Charleston. Three boaters and a dog were safely removed at 12:06 p.m. and taken to shore. The Coast Guard towed the damaged boat to shore.
Rescue crews reported 4-foot waves on scene at the time of the rescue, and they attributed them to Tropical Storm Beryl.
The Coast Guard is strongly urging boaters and swimmers to avoid ocean waters along the Georgia and South Carolina coastlines until the storm has passed and sea conditions return to normal.