Hard aground: drunk Russian crashes yacht

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A trawler yacht navigated by a drunken Russian crashed into the coast of the island of Hvar in Croatia, according to the local newspaper Ve?ernji List.

The incident occurred Sunday in Stipanska Bay on the south side of the island. One 37-year-old passenger of the yacht suffered minor injuries.

Click here for the full report by Pravda with a photo of the stricken vessel.

Meanwhile, in Corpus Christi, Texas, Coast Guard rescue crews saved two people after their boat ran aground Sunday 25 miles south of Corpus Christi near Baffin Bay.

The wife of one of the boaters contacted Coast Guard Sector Corpus Christi watchstanders at 10 p.m., stating that she had received a text from her husband that their 20-foot boat had run aground near Baffin Bay.

The watchstanders launched a rescue crew aboard a Coast Guard Air Station Corpus Christi MH-65C Dolphin helicopter.

The rescue crew located the grounded boat at 12:59 a.m. and lowered a VHF-FM radio in order to better communicate with the boaters.

The crew hoisted the two boaters and transported them to Air Station Corpus Christi.

“The individuals aboard the vessel had no other means of communication other than a cell phone,” Sector Corpus Christi response officer Commodore Daniel Deptula said. “They had run aground in an area that had little or no cell reception.

They were lucky the text that they sent out was received.”

Click here for the full report by KRIS News and click here for the official Coast Guard announcement.