Rhode Island’s tall ship loses power, hits multiple boats

The SSV Oliver Hazard Perry, an educational tall ship homeported in Newport, Rhode Island, is grounded Sunday, October 11, 2017 in Newport Harbor after the tall ship lost power and hit multiple other boats near Perrotti Park. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

The SSV Oliver Hazard Perry is grounded Sunday, October 11, 2017 in Newport Harbor. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

BOSTON — Coast Guard Station Castle Hill provided a safety zone in Newport Harbor, Rhode Island, Sunday night after a tall ship lost power and hit multiple other boats near Perrotti Park.

The SSV Oliver Hazard Perry, an educational tall ship homeported in Newport, was leaving Bowen’s Wharf Seafood Festival with 12 crewmembers aboard when it lost power and began to drift.

A 911 dispatcher alerted Coast Guard watchstanders to the incident at about 6:15 p.m.

Two response boat crews from Station Castle Hill immediately deployed to the scene, where personnel from the Narragansett Bay Task Force also helped with the response.

There were no reported injuries or pollution. The case remains under investigation.

EDITORS CORRECTION NOTE: The original story incorrectly reported the tall ship ran aground. A Coast Guard marine inspector conducted an initial damage survey of the vessel Monday morning and found no evidence of a grounding.

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