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Coast Guard rescues stranded boat in Gulf

Four people were escorted to shore by the United State Coast Guard after a boat they were aboard had engine trouble 23 miles from the shores of Freeport at about 10:15 a.m. Monday, according to a Coast Guard news release.

Another boat, Greenland Sea, spotted the stranded 25-foot long pleasure boat with its crew of four and notified the Coast Guard watchstanders immediately, the release states.

Upon arrival, Coast Guard officials discovered the boat’s engine was having trouble remaining on after its passengers started it up, petty Coast Guard officer Johanna Strickland said. Eventually, the boat’s occupants were able to keep the engine on and were escorted back to shore by the Coast Guard.

The vessel made it back to shore at about 3 p.m. that day. No one was injured during the incident, Strickland said.

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