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Children removed from 58-foot ketch that ran aground in San Juans

A Coat Guard crew stands by the Cutty Sark, which sits hard aground north of Shaw Island on June 12.
A Coat Guard crew stands by the Cutty Sark, which sits hard aground north of Shaw Island on June 12. Courtesy to The Bellingham Herald

Coast Guard crews, including one from Bellingham, plucked several children from a large sailboat that ran aground north of Shaw Island in the San Juans west of Bellingham on Sunday, June 12.

According to a statement from the Coast Guard office in Astoria, Ore., the 58-foot Cutty Sark, a wooden-hulled ketch based on Whidbey Island, ran aground on Bird Rock and began listing. A 29-foot boat from Bellingham was dispatched after a distress call and its crew was joined by the cutter Adelie, an 87-foot vessel based in Port Angeles.

They found the Cutty Sark listing approximately seven feet to port, and decided to remove 10 children ages 10 to 12. Three adults, including the captain, remained aboard and were planning to maneuver the Cutty Sark off the rocks at high tide, which was due at midnight Sunday.

No injuries were reported and all the children were wearing life jackets. No pollution was reported from the Cutty Sark and it apparently was not taking on water.

Weather was reported mild with light winds and 1-foot seas. Water temperature was 52 degrees.

A Facebook page for the Cutty Sark lists its home port as Coupeville and describes the vessel as part of the nonprofit Aeolian Adventures Inc., which conducts educational cruises.

Robert Mittendorf: 360-715-2805, @bhamMitty

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