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One wild night afloat

OCT. 31 — It was one Halloween party they’d never forget.

Last Saturday, about 400 costumed passengers aboard the 140-foot yacht Abitibi were returning from a three-hour cruise along False Creek in Vancouver, British Columbia, when it ran aground about 330 feet from shore, according to a report from CTV News.

Several of the decked-out passengers had been drinking heavily, and threatened to stage a mutiny at 2 a.m., shortly after the yacht ran up on a shallow sandbar.

“People got aggressive,” passenger Monay Teymory, dressed as a nurse, told CTV News. “Everyone was drinking and the next thing you know, everyone’s wearing off the alcohol while trapped on a little space. They were angry, starting fights.”

The Canadian Coast Guard and Vancouver Police Marine Squad arrived on the scene shortly afterward, but couldn’t decide how to get the passengers off the boat. Finally, another boat arrived from the same cruising company and spent the next three hours ferrying the passengers back to shore, according to the report. The company also offered to pay for taxis to passengers who needed a ride home.

The rising tide later lifted the boat from the sandbar and the company said there was no damage to the hull or the engines. The charter firm blamed the incident on unusually low tide for that time of night.

— Elizabeth Ellis