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    No one hurt as B.C. training ship runs aground during exercise

    COMOX, B.C. - Rescue members participating in a training exercise north of B.C.'s Sunshine Coast needed to be rescued themselves.

    Capt. Trevor Reid with Royal Canadian Air Force 19 Wing Comox says the 16-metre Black Duck, a rescue-training support vessel, became hung up on some rocks on Vivian Island near Powell River, B.C., on Monday.

    Reid says the vessel had been lending support during a search-and-rescue scuba diving exercise.

    All nine people aboard were safely evacuated, and no one was hurt.

    Colin Henthorn of the Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre in Victoria says a helicopter and coast guard vessel helped with the quick evacuation.

    Reid says the ship wasn't taking on water, and a coast guard crew would be determining how to safely remove the Black Duck from the rocks.


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