Grounded Sailboat Towed off Maine

Coast Guard rescue crews assisted 2 people aboard a sailing vessel that ran aground near Portland, Maine, on Saturday, June 2. Watchstanders at the Coast Guard Sector Northern New England command center received a call at 5:13 a.m. from the 47’ sailing vessel Benchmark, reporting that the vessel ran aground with 2 people aboard.

A Coast Guard Station South Portland 47-foot Motor Life Boat crew immediately launched to assist. The rescue crew determined the vessel was taking on water and started to dewater the vessel as they towed them to Gowen Marine in Portland, Maine.

“In this instance the master’s use of a marine VHF-radio alerted watchstanders of the emergency allowing us to quickly dispatch resources and provide assistance before the situation went from bad to worse,” said Lt. Nick Barrow, Coast Guard Sector Northern New England command center supervisor.

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