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Dinner cruise runs aground, 50 people rescued

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A dinner cruise boat had to be assisted by the Coast Guard after it ran aground Friday.

The Coast Guard along with a local fire department crew and a good Samaritan helped the Belle of Topsail after it had engine trouble and later became grounded in the intracoastal waterway near Surf City, N.C.

It happened around 6:55 p.m.  That's when the captain reported having engine trouble, and they were anchored with 46 passengers and four crew aboard.

Sector North Carolina watchstanders launched a crew aboard a 41-foot Utility Boat from Coast Guard Station Wrightsville Beach, N.C., to assist. Pender County fire department boatcrews responded as well.

The Coast Guard crew along with the fire department boatcrew arrived on scene and began transferring the 46 passengers from the Belle of Topsail to the sport fishing boat Big Daddy where they were taken to shore at the Beach House Marina in Surf City.

A good Samaritan aboard the Big Daddy took the Belle of Topsail in tow and took the cruise boat to its homeport in Surf City.

There were no reports of injuries.

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