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Tifton families rescued by Coast Guard

September 2, 2003

(Cumberland Island-AP) -- Coast Guard crews rescued seven Tifton residents after their boat ran aground on a remote area of Cumberland Island along the Georgia coast. The Coast Guard says four adults and three children, eight to 14, were on the 22-foot boat when it ran aground Sunday night.

A commercial salvage boat was sent in after the passengers called 911, but breaking surf and a dangerous shoaling made it impossible for the tow boat to get to the stranded vessel.

Petty Officer Crystal Norman says a Coast Guard helicopter crew arrived from Air Station Savannah around eleven o'clock Sunday night, landed on the beach where the seven were and transported them to Malcolm McKinnon Airfield. All were reported to be in good condition.

Norman identified the adults as 35-year-old Michael Young, 38-year-old Betty Young, 31-year-old Bobbie Pritchard and 34-yer-old Russell Pritchard.

posted at 10:00AM by dave.miller@walb.com

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