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AVFR comes to aid of stranded boaters

Six stranded boaters were rescued by members of the Abingdon Volunteer Fire and Rescue’s Marine Response Team on Monday afternoon after the boaters experienced engine failure and were forced to beach their vessel onAllen’s Island off Bena, according to public information officer Rob Parlett.

At 1 p.m. Monday, AVFR received a request for assistance from the York County Department of Fire and Life Safety to respond to the boat that was forced onto the island by a storm.

AVFR launched Boat 2, a 25-footer, and Boat 3, a Zodiac class vessel, to assist York County’s Marine 1, a 34-foot vessel. The small size of AVFR’s Zodiac allowed them to maneuver close to the island and rescue the six individuals.

The six were transported to Crown Pointe Marina at Hayes on Boats 2 and 3, and Marine 1 towed the beached vessel back to shore. None of the rescued passengers needed medical attention. Parlett said that the mission was a great group effort from Abingdon and York County.

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