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Leaking Boat Evacuated Off France

August 8, 2002

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BREST, France (AP) _ A leak forced the evacuation of a boat carrying more than 200 passengers Thursday off the coast of northeastern France, officials said. There were no injuries.

Emergency services, the navy and private yachts helped evacuate the 226 passengers off the Atlante after the leak was discovered as the 31-yard boat went between the mainland and the island of Belle-Ile, 25 miles off the coast.

The passengers were transferred to another boat after the evacuation. The reason for the leak was not immediately known.

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