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Coast Guard Station Chincoteague helps ensure safe 91st Annual Pony Swim

CHINCOTEAGUE, Va. — Crew members from Coast Guard Station Chincoteague helped enforced the safety zone Wednesday at the 91st annual Pony Swim between Assateague and Chincoteague islands off Virginia's Eastern Shore.

Thousands of spectators gathered for the event both on shore and on the water.

The ponies complete the annual swim from Assateague to Chincoteague Island, Virginia, during the 91st Pony Swim on Virginia’s Eastern Shore, July 27, 2016. Crew members from U.S. Coast Guard Station Chincoteague enforced the safety zone where thousands of spectators gathered for the event. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Nate Littlejohn).

The annual event gained international recognition after Marguerite Henry's children's novel "Misty of Chincoteague" was published in 1947 and the subsequent release of the 1961 film "Misty" based on the book.










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