Coast Guard Sector Seattle investigating tour boat grounding

SEATTLE – Coast Guard Sector Seattle is investigating what caused a tour boat to run aground near Deception Island State Park on Whidbey Island, Wash., at approximately 8 p.m. Thursday.

The 65-foot passenger vessel, Island Explorer II, had 52 people aboard when it ran aground. Everyone aboard was safely evacuated and seven passengers who had suffered injuries were taken to Island Hospital in Anacortes for treatment. The extent of their injuries is not known at this time.

Initial reports indicate that the vessel incurred hull damage and two compartments began to flood. Pumps on board the vessel were able to control the flooding. There are also no indications that the vessel spilled any oil or released pollutants into the water.

The incident is currently under investigation.

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