Passenger schooner runs aground in Maine regatta

The following is the text of a news release from the U.S. Coast Guard:

(BOSTON) — The Coast Guard responded to a grounded passenger sailing vessel during the Windjammer Regatta in Somes Sound, Maine, on Tuesday afternoon.

At about 3:15 p.m., watch standers at Coast Guard Station Southwest Harbor received a call from the crew aboard the American Eagle, a historic 79-foot schooner home-ported in Rockland, Maine, that they ran aground.

A 29-foot 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-foot 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.

The Coast Guard will continue to monitor the vessel and crew.

No injuries, pollution or damage to the vessel were reported.

By Professional Mariner Staff