Boat runs aground in Wash.; 2 flown to hospital

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Posted: Jul 08, 2011 12:13 PM
Boat runs aground in Wash.; 2 flown to hospital

The Coast Guard says two people were flown to a hospital with injuries after a crab boat carrying seven ran aground near Shaw Island in the San Juan Islands, about 70 miles northwest of Seattle.

Petty Officer Jacob Mansga in Seattle says the two were crew members. They suffered broken bones and hypothermia.

The Coast Guard was notified of the grounding near Shaw Island early Friday.

A San Juan County sheriff's boat was first on the scene. It picked up the seven and took them to Friday Harbor.

The 22-foot commercial boat ran aground on rocks and did not sink.

A Coast Guard vessel didn't find a fuel spill. But Washington Ecology Department spokesman Seth Preston says it's also responding to check out the possibility of a spill.