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Four 11-year-old boys rescued from Partridge Island

Four 11-year-old boys had to be rescued from Partridge Island by emergency crews Thursday night.

Saint John police, fire department, paramedic and Coast Guard boat responded to 911 call Thursday night

Partridge Island is located in the Bay of Fundy, off the coast of west Saint John. (Julia Wright/CBC)

Four 11-year-old boys had to be rescued from Partridge Island on Thursday night, say Saint John police.

One of the boys called 911 around 6 p.m., after another boy suffered a "severe" cut to his hand on a piece of metal in one of the old bunkers, said force spokesperson Jim Hennessy.

Emergency crews and a Coast Guard boat were quickly dispatched and found the boys waiting for them near the rock breakwater that connects the island to a beach on the city's west side, Hennessy said in an email. 

The boys were transported to shore and taken to the Saint John Regional Hospital to be checked out, said Hennessy. "They are all fine."

This risky rock breakwater connects the historic island with Bayshore Beach. (CBC)

Police believe the boys accessed the island on foot by crossing the rock breakwater and had not been there very long before they called for help, said Hennessy.

It is illegal to be on the island without consent from the Department of Fisheries and Oceans or the Coast Guard, but no charges have been laid "as all are young offenders," he said.

Partridge Island, at the entrance to the Saint John Harbour, is a national and provincial historic site.

The 24-acre island served as a quarantine station until 1941, as a military post during both World Wars, and as a light station.

There are still remnants of quarantine hospitals, military installations, tunnels and cemeteries on the island. 

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