Four caught in riptides off Surfside Beach


Police say one person was initially in the water Friday night, requesting help.

Three bystanders jumped in to assist, but they also got caught in a riptide.

Surfside police rescued three men and the U.S. Coast Guard took out a boat and picked up a fourth person.

The rescue took about 30 minutes, but searchers were at the scene for two hours due to initial reports that there may have been a fifth person in the water. More detailed interviews revealed that everyone was safe.

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