Coast Guard transfers 17 passengers from grounded Schooner

A Coast Guard Station New London boatcrew safely transferred 17 passengers from a grounded Schooner near the mouth of the Mystic River, Connecticut, Sunday evening. The Station boatcrew arrived on scene and safely transferred the 17 passengers from the 126-foot Schooner, Alabama, to Noank shipyard in Groton, Conn. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Peter Beaulieu)

The 126-foot schooner Alabama aground near the mouth of the Mystic River. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Peter Beaulieu)

NEW YORK – A Coast Guard boatcrew safely transferred 17 passengers from a grounded Schooner near the mouth of the Mystic River, Connecticut, Sunday evening.

At approximately 6:15 p.m., watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound Command Center were notified that a 126-foot Schooner, Alabama, with 17 passengers and five crew aboard ran aground near the mouth of the Mystic River in Conn.

Sector Long Island Sound watchstanders launched a Coast Guard boatcrew from Coast Guard Station New London and issued a safety marine information broadcast.

The Station boatcrew arrived on scene and safely transferred the 17 passengers from the Alabama to Noank shipyard in Groton, Conn.

Sector Long Island Sound marine investigators are scheduled to conduct an investigation to ensure the integrity of the vessel prior to the vessel operating again.

No injuries or pollution have been reported. Plans are being developed to refloat the ferry.

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