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2 injured in Dana Point in mock sea battle with real ammunition

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Two women taking part in a mock sea battle were hit with real ammunition Saturday when buckshot was loaded into one ship's cannon instead of blanks.

Part of a Dana Point festival, the tall ships were in town to celebrate America's maritime history.

The festival included the ships firing blanks from cannons at each other, but somehow The Amazing Grace, a tall ship based in Gig Harbor, Wash., fired real buckshot at the vessel Bill of Rights.

The women onboard, identified as Bill of Rights deckhand Donna Reed and volunteer Laura Huber, were struck with multiple pellets and left with minor injuries. It's not clear how the buckshot ended up getting loaded into the cannon.

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