Coast Guard Assists Disabled Vessel on Piscataqua River

Coast Guard Assists Disabled Vessel on Piscataqua River

The Coast Guard rescued 27 passengers and crew aboard a disabled vessel on Friday in the Piscataqua River, in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Northern New England received a report at 3:05 p.m. that the vessel Celia Thaxter had become disabled and was being pushed against the Sarah Mildred Long Bridge by the current.

Multiple Coast Guard and New Hampshire Marine Patrol responders rushed to the scene.

A Coast Guard Station Portsmouth Harbor 25’ response boat crew and a New Hampshire Marine Patrol boat crew arrived on scene at 3:10 p.m. and safely evacuated all 24 passengers and 2 crewmembers to a nearby pier where EMS awaited.

The vessel’s master remained aboard while a Station Portsmouth Harbor 47’ motor life boat crew towed the Celia Thaxter to its homeport dock in Portsmouth.

There were no injuries reported, and the cause of the incident is under investigation.