CG Rescues 25 Aboard Grounded Maine Schooner
August 4, 2016
The Coast Guard responded to a grounded passenger sailing vessel during the Windjammer Regatta in Somes Sound, Maine, Tuesday afternoon, August 2, 2016.
At about 3:15 p.m., watchstanders at Coast Guard Station Southwest Harbor received a call from the crew aboard the American Eagle, a historic 79’ schooner, homeported in Rockland, Maine, that they ran aground.
A 29’ response boat crew from Station Southwest Harbor and a Coast Guard Auxiliary vessel were nearby providing safety patrols for the regatta, and they made their way toward American Eagle’s location.
A 47’ response boat crew also launched from the station, and several good Samaritans joined in the response.
The Coast Guard Auxiliary and several good Samaritan vessels transported the 25 guests safely from the sailboat to a local boat yard. The American Eagle’s crew of five remained aboard with the intent of refloating the boat at about 9 p.m. when high tide arrived.
No injuries, pollution, or damage to the vessel were reported.