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With wedding party aboard, Chautauqua Belle runs aground in rough waters

MAYVILLE – The Chautauqua Belle, the Chautauqua Lake paddlewheeler, ran aground shortly before 6:30 p.m. Saturday about 100 yards from shore and with 74 passengers aboard, according to Chautauqua County Sheriff’s deputies.

Firefighters from several area fire companies helped evacuate the passengers, who were on board for a wedding cruise. Strong winds and rough waters were blamed for the predicament. An investigation is underway.

Deputies said they helped a good Samaritan with a pontoon boat in the evacuation. No injuries were reported.