Coast Guard crews removed 10 children and two adults from a sailboat, which went aground on Bird Rock north of Shaw Island Sunday.
The rescued children and two adults are being transported to Cornet Bay, Whidbey Island, while three adults stayed aboard the Cutty Sark, a 58-foot sailing vessel, where they are planning to refloat the vessel at high tide which is midnight.
Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound watchstanders received a call via Ch16 marine VHF radio asking for assistance from the boat operators stating they had run aground and were listing. A crew aboard a 29-foot Response Boat Small II from Station Bellingham and the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Adelie, an 87-foot patrol boat homeported in Port Angeles, responded to the call for assistance.
When crews arrived on scene with the Cutty Sark, they found the vessel listing approximately seven feet to its port side. For the safety of those aboard, the decision was made to remove all the children who ranged in age from 10 to 12 years old to the CGC Adelie. All children and adults aboard the sailing vessel were wearing lifejackets.
A Tow Boat U.S. crew has responded and will be helping the remaining crew refloat their vessel with the tide.
There were no injuries or pollution reported in the grounding incident.
The weather was reported as light winds and one-foot waves with a water temperature of 52 degrees.