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Coast Guard rescues 4 after boat runs aground near Chincoteauge

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Posted at 12:34 PM, Aug 12, 2015
and last updated 2015-08-12 12:35:01-04

Chincoteague, Va. — The Coast Guard rescued four people Wednesday from a grounded vessel in Chincoteague.

Station Chincoteague watchstanders were alerted Tuesday at approximately 8 p.m. that a 24-foot pontoon boat with four people aboard ran aground near Chincoteague Point.

The station launched a 24-foot Special Purpose Craft-Shallow Water boat crew and arrived on scene. Due to rainy weather and 25-knot winds, the crew decided to transport the stranded boaters rather than tow the boat.

The crew brought the people aboard and transported them to Curtis Merritt Marina in Chincoteague. Local EMS personnel evaluated the passengers upon arrival. No injuries were reported.

The owner plans to attempt to salvage the vessel.