Coast Guard helps 2 Canadian boaters near Wachapreague

Two people are okay after getting stranded in a boat on the Eastern Shore

ACCOMACK Co., Va. (WVEC) -- Coast Guard crews helped two Canadian boaters after their boat ran aground near Wachapreague Tuesday. 

Coast Guard launched a 45-foot Response-Boat-Medium at 4:40 p.m. after receiving a call that the 37-foot yacht ran aground. 

Officials say the responding 45-foot boat could not reach the yacht, which was just inside the Wachapreague Inlet.

Coast Guard crews returned to the station to switch boats and returned in a 24-foot Special Purpose Craft-Shallow Water boat. 

"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.

The Canadian boaters were taken to Wachapreague, while their yacht was anchored for the night. 

 

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