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2 Boats Damaged In Charleston Harbor

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File photo of a general view of Charleston Harbor. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

File photo of a general view of Charleston Harbor. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

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CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Officials are investigating what caused a Navy patrol boat to run aground in the Charleston Harbor, injuring three of the five-sailor crew.

That was followed by an accident involving the Charleston Fire Water Rescue boat, which struck something in the water and had to be towed to shore.

Authorities say none of three crew from the Charleston Fire Department who were on the boat was hurt. The extent of injuries to the three sailors wasn’t known.

The U.S. Coast Guard says the 34-foot Navy boat struck the harbor’s south jetty shortly after 10 p.m. Saturday. Then the $850,000 fire department boat struck something when it went to help and started taking on water.

The Charleston fire boat was christened in November and was sidelined in January for electronics repairs.

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