11 rescued from sinking yacht

Aug. 2, 2010 at 3:56 PM

NIAGARA FALLS, Ontario, Aug. 2 (UPI) -- Eleven people had a close call last weekend when their yacht started sinking on the Canadian side of the Niagara River, authorities said.

U.S. rescue crews got to the 40-foot boat that began taking on water about 9 p.m. Sunday after striking rocks a mile or so south of the Peace Bridge where Lake Erie enters the River near Buffalo, N.Y., the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. reported Monday.

"They said it was like an earthquake happened on their boat," Tyler Benson of the U.S. Coast Guard told CBC News.

"Then they realized one of the engines quit, (and) shortly after that, the second engine gave out on them."

Only nine of the 11 people on board had life jackets on when rescuers showed up, Benson said. By then, the boat was already about half-filled with water.

"We have an extra set of life jackets on our vessel, so quickly, the first thing we want to do is get life jackets on those people, because we realized we didn't have a lot of time," Benson said.

No injuries were reported.

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