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Coast Guard boat overturns off New York; crew swims to safety

Coast Guard boat overturns off New York; crew swims to safety
A fire rescue boatpasses a Coast Guard vessel that overturned Thursday in the Queens borough of New York. (Frank Franklin II / Associated Press)

Authorities say a Coast Guard vessel overturned after it was sent to assist a fishing vessel that ran aground in an inlet off New York City.

No serious injuries were reported in the incident early Thursday off Queens.

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The Coast Guard says five crew members swam ashore after its 25-foot rescue boat capsized in rough water in the East Rockaway Inlet. The crew was wearing protective gear. It's not clear how far they swam.

The Coast Guard was answering a distress call at 2 a.m. from a 76-foot fishing boat, the Carolina Queen III. The fishing boat had been taking on water. Its crew got that under control, and then went into the inlet and ran aground. All seven of its occupants made it safely ashore.

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