Coast Guard Rescues 3 After Sailboat Capsizes in Portland Harbor, ME

Capsized sailboat in the Portland Harbor. Photo/USCG/Boatswain Mate 2nd Class Steve Santos.
Capsized sailboat in Portland Harbor. Photo/USCG/Boatswain Mate 2nd Class Steve Santos.

Coast Guard rescue crews from Station South Portland saved 3 people after their sailboat capsized in Portland Harbor, Maine, on Sunday, Oct. 16.

Watchstanders at the Sector Northern New England Command Center received a call from 911 dispatch at 1:52 p.m. stating that a sailboat had capsized and that 3 people were in the water near Spring Point inside Portland Harbor.

Rescue crews from Station South Portland immediately launched at 1:56 p.m. aboard their 25′ response boat and arrived on scene at 1:59 p.m.
The 3 sailors were brought onboard and transferred to awaiting EMS aboard a Portland Fire Department boat.

“From the time we got the emergency call to the time we were on scene was under 8 minutes,” said Chris Berry, a search and rescue coordinator at Sector Northern New England. “Our crews responded quickly, and aside from being a little cold, everyone is ok.”