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Wachapreague Coast Guard Helps Canadian Sailors

Posted: 11/08/2017 13:40:00 -05:00 Updated:
Wachapreague Coast Guard Station from Chopper 16 Wachapreague Coast Guard Station from Chopper 16

WACHAPREAGUE, Va.- A Coast Guard crew assisted two people after their boat ran aground near Wachapreague on Tuesday.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Station Wachapreague were notified around 4:40 p.m. that a 37-foot yacht ran aground near the Wachapreague Inlet with two Canadian citizens aboard.

The Coast Guard issued an urgent marine information broadcast and launched a 45-foot Response Boat crew to assist. The crew arrived on scene, but could not reach the vessel with the boat due to shallow water.

Wachapreague Coast Guard Station from Chopper 16.

 

After switching boats, the crew helped the two get their boat off ground and then anchor it for the night. The Coast Guard took the boaters to Wachapreague.

Wachapreague Coast Guard Station from Chopper 16

 

"The water depth in many parts of our area of responsibility makes it especially dangerous for unfamiliar mariners," said Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Perry Clifton, response boat coxswain for the case. "There are many places we can't reach due to shallow water. We were glad to be able to help these folks after they ran aground in the dark, in unfavorable weather conditions."

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