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Coast Guard rescues couple after sailboat capsizes in Charleston Harbor

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) -

Authorities say a Coast Guard boatcrew rescued a man and a woman after their sailboat capsized in Charleston Harbor on Tuesday.

According to the Coast Guard, after leaving port at Coast Guard Sector Charleston, the crew of Coast Guard Cutter Tarpon, an 87-foot coastal patrol boat, spotted an overturned 14-foot sailboat with two people in the water.

The crew launched the cutter's smallboat and rescued the two people in four-foot seas and high winds.

“When the winds are gusting up to 30 miles per hour and there are whitecaps in the harbor, it's an important reminder for mariners to always wear their life jackets,” said Lt. Cmdr. Derek Beatty, command duty officer for Sector Charleston. “If we had not had a cutter nearby, the result of this situation could have been very different. Life jackets save lives.”

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