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20 rescued after boat runs aground

Cup Match ended abruptly for 20 people, when their party boat struck a rock off Spanish Point on Sunday night. All passengers were evacuated safely after the 34ft vessel

Bally Ho ran aground on a reef by Peter Tucker’s Bay.

A member of staff at the nearby Spanish Point Boat Club said: “There is a passage there that’s quite shallow. You’ve got to know what you’re doing.”

Maritime Operations got a distress call at 9.25pm, near high tide. Marine police came to assist, along with private boats in the area. A barge was sent to dislodge it in the afternoon.

According to Maritime Operations: “The incident highlights a number of safety related issues as the vessel did not have enough life jackets for all persons onboard. In addition, a VHF radio was not readily available for use which helps establish a boat’s exact location.

“Bermuda radio would like to remind all boat users of the importance of having the correct safety and radio equipment onboard.”

Rock and a hard place: A boat lies stranded atop an outcrop of reefs during low tide yesterday after it ran aground near Spanish Point Boat Club on Sunday night.

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Published August 02, 2011 at 2:00 am (Updated August 02, 2011 at 8:53 am)

20 rescued after boat runs aground

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