Sailing vessel American Eagle re-floated

BOSTON- Crewmen aboard the sailing vessel American Eagle re-floated the 92-foot boat from a rocky ledge in Boothbay Harbor Thursday at 2:07 p.m. as the tide came in.

No injuries are reported and the vessel is at anchor in the harbor as Coast Guard marine inspectors from Sector Northern New England aboard try to determine if the white-hulled boat is safe to return to the dock.

The vessel went hard aground at 10:30 a.m. on Townsend Gut Ledge. Station Boothbay Harbor launched a 47-foot motor life boat and a 25-foot response boat to stand by and make sure the passengers and crew were safe. The motor life boat crew also transferred the inspectors over to the sailing vessel.

“As the tide came in, we were glad the sailing vessel was able to re-float itself,” said Mr. Kenneth N. Stuart with Sector Northern New England. “The good news is there are no reported injuries. We will investigate why the vessel ran aground in the first place.”

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