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Dinner cruise boat runs aground off Maui

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 8:47 a.m. HST, Dec 31, 2010

A boat carrying 60 people on a dinner cruise ran aground off Lahaina Harbor, but passengers were rescued by another vessel and no one was injured, the Coast Guard said.

The 65-foot Spirit of Lahaina was just leaving Maui's Lahaina Harbor at 5:30 p.m. Thursday when the catamaran ran aground, Coast Guard petty officer Anthony Soto said.

The stricken vessel was very close to shore and a privately operated boat raced to its aid.

"A Good Samaritan boat was able to quickly rescue all the passengers soon after the grounding," he said. "They were very close to shore."

A Coast Guard boat was sent to the scene to monitor.

The Coast Guard is investigating the cause of the grounding, which Soto said wasn't immediately known.

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