Coast Guard rescues 174 from passenger vessel aground

BOSTON — The Coast Guard, with the assistance of Good Samaritans and state and local agencies removed 168 passengers and six crewmembers off the 87 foot passenger vessel Massachusetts after it ran aground and began taking on water off the coast of Deer Island, Mass. Saturday July 3, 2010.

The Coast Guard received a call from the vessel around 10:04 a.m. stating that the 87 foot vessel was hard aground and was blocking the channel in President Roads coming into Boston.

Coast Guard crewmembers from stations Point Allerton and Boston, Good Samaritans state and local agencies removed everyone off the vessel and have taken them to Pemberton Pier in Hull, Mass.

The Massachusetts is located just outside the channel allowing traffic to move safely through the area.

There is a report of one knee and one back injury. Their conditions are unknown at this time.

A Falcon Jet crew from Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod observed a slight sheen around the vessel. Coast Guard investigators are en route to investigate and determine the best course of action.

The Coast Guard is working closely with the owners of the Massachusetts to determine a salvage plan for the vessel.

The Coast Guard is investigating the cause of the incident.

The Massachusetts is an 87-foot passenger vessel based in Boston.

The following video was taken from the Air Station Cape Cod Falcon jet and does not have audio.

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