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Coast Guard Warns Boaters Of Rough Conditions

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The Chatham Harbormaster’s patrol boat enters Chatham Harbor following a water rescue.  (Photo by David G. Curran)

The Chatham Harbormaster’s patrol boat enters Chatham Harbor following a water rescue. (Photo by David G. Curran)

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BOSTON (CBS/AP) — The Coast Guard and other boating experts say some Northeast rivers could still be unsafe for boating and paddling even though floodwaters caused by Irene have receded.

Officials say some rivers could still be running faster than normal, be littered with underwater debris or be contaminated with fuel or sewage. They say the best advice is to avoid any river or body of water that was affected by the storm.

Read: Riptide Rescues Keep Lifeguards Busy

Labor Day Weekend is traditionally one of the busiest boating weekends of the year as summer draws near an end.

The Coast Guard says it will be patrolling area waters, conducting safety checks and watching for any boaters who might have had too much to drink.

Conditions on the ocean are also expected to be rough all weekend, as an off-shore storm is kicking up waves and causing rip tides.

Early Saturday morning, a 20-foot boat ran into trouble, overturning off Nauset Beach in Chatham.

At least one person was taken to the hospital with leg and arm injuries.

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