Coast Guard Station New York, local agencies assist sailing vessel aground near Liberty Island

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New York – The Coast Guard and other local agencies assisted with the evacuation of passengers from an aground sailing vessel near Liberty Island, N.Y. today.

At approximately 1:11 p.m. the sailing vessel Clipper City, a 103-foot steel hulled replica schooner, reported that they had run aground in the vicinity of Liberty Island, N.Y., with 121 passengers aboard.

A Coast Guard Station New York rescue boat assists local goverment agencies with the evacuation of passengers from the sailing vessel Clipper City, near Liberty Island, N.Y., Sept. 20, 2014. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Brad Haines)

A Coast Guard Station New York rescue boat assists local goverment agencies with the evacuation of passengers from the sailing vessel Clipper City, near Liberty Island, N.Y., Sept. 20, 2014. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Brad Haines)

Local government agencies responded and began to offload passengers from the Clipper City to the North Cove Marina in Manhattan.

Agencies assisting in the evacuation of the Clipper City were:

  • Coast Guard Station New York
  • NYPD Marine Division
  • FDNY Marine Division
  • US Parks Police

At approximately 2:37 p.m., all of the passengers were safely offloaded and accounted for at the North Cove Marina.

A Coast Guard investigation officer and inspection officer will inspect the Clipper City.

The cause of the grounding is under investigation.

Click the photo for more from the rescue.

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