17 rescued after schooner runs aground

USCG Rescues Schoolchildren from Grounded Boat Near Mouth of Mystic River
Coast Guard transfers 17 passengers from grounded Schooner in Mystic River
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20 June, 2017

Fifteen children were among the passengers rescued from a schooner that ran aground at the mouth of the Mystic River in CT, the Coast Guard said Monday.

The rescue on Sunday comes just shy of seven years after the same schooner ran aground in almost the same spot on July 8, 2010.

It happened in the mouth of the Mystic River where it meets Long Island Sound.

At approximately 6:15 p.m., watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound Command Center were notified that the schooner became grounded. A New London-based Coast Guard crew brought the passengers to a shipyard in Groton.

Investigators were planning to determine the integrity of the vessel before it sails again.

The Coast Guard tells News 8 that no injuries or pollution has been reported and that plans are being developed to refloat the ferry.

The Mystic area is one of Connecticut's most popular tourist destinations. The schooner was outbound at the time and got stuck near a light structure informally called "Noank Light 5". No one was injured during that grounding. The company could not be reached for comment.


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