Coast Guard using new rescue system in SC

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - The Coast Guard is using a sophisticated new search and rescue system in South Carolina.

Coast Guard Sector Charleston holds a ceremony Monday to commemorate the use of the system locally. It's called the Rescue 21 Search & Rescue Communications System and it will help the Coast Guard better locate mariners in distress.

The system allows wider communication coverage an includes advanced direction-finding capabilities. Nationwide, the new system closes 88 coverage gaps that existed with the old search and rescue system deployed more than 30 years ago.

Rescue 21 has an updated, leading-edge VHF-FM communications system that covers the coastline as well as navigable rivers and waterways.

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