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Woman rescued from Ashley River

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Crews on Devereaux Street Sunday afternoon. Crews on Devereaux Street Sunday afternoon.
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A woman was rescued from the Ashley River Sunday afternoon after being swept away by the current.

According to officials, two women jumped into the river to cool off. The current began pulling both women away from the shore. One of those women was able to pull herself out of the water and called 911 to help her friend.

Shortly after 3:00 Sunday afternoon, authorities from the Coast Guard, Charleston County Rescue and other agencies reported to Devereaux Street in downtown Charleston.

Jaydan Raybin was near the incident when noticed the woman who was able to escape from the water run for help.

"She happened to get out, call 911 and then came and ran down our dock to look for her friend," Raybin said. "Then we saw her running back and then police started coming here. It was about an hour until they found her."

Crews located the missing swimmer in a marsh just a few docks down from where the currents took her.

Officials with the U.S. Coast Guard say these type of incidents happen too often in Charleston.

"It is probably one of the most important things here," Lieutenant Commander Derek Beatty said. "We've had a number of cases where people have been either injured, killed or rescued because of the currents."

Currents can become difficult to swim in because of changing tides. Beatty is urging people to be water aware before jumping in.

"People need to be cognizant of when the tides is coming in or going out," he said. "As the tide shifts, that's when you usually have the strongest currents and that's probably the most important thing: pay attention to the currents."

On average, the Coast Guard handles 600 water rescues a year. So far this year, they are on track to have fewer rescues than average.

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