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Dozens wade to shore after tour boat damaged

AP Wire • Jul 21, 2015 at 11:02 AM

“Rough weather and night operations can make for a challenging response,” Cmdr. Chris Chase, operations officer at Air Station Traverse City, said in a statement.

A message seeking comment from a representative of the tour boat was left this morning.

The boat’s operator told the Coast Guard he grounded the boat near the shore in Empire, about 25 miles west of Traverse City, to prevent further damage and keep more water from getting into the boat. All but two of the passengers waded to shore from the boat.

Two passengers with apparent shoulder injuries were lifted from the boat to shore by the Coast Guard helicopter from Air Station Traverse City. The two passengers were evaluated by emergency medical technicians and taken to an area hospital for further treatment.

Some other passengers reported minor cuts and scrapes because of the broken window.

The Coast Guard was investigating, and planned to return to the scene today.

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