Coast Guard responds to Sailing vessel aground in Boothbay Harbor, Maine

BOSTON – Two Coast Guard Station Boothbay Harbor, Maine small boats are responding to a sailing vessel with 24 people on board that is hard aground on rocks in Boothbay Harbor Thursday.

The 92-foot sailing vessel American Eagle ran aground on a rocky ledge called Townsend Hull Gut in Boothbay Harbor at 10:30 a.m.

There are no reports of any injuries, and the sail boat is not taking on any water.

The Coast Guard launched a 47-foot motor life boat and a 25-foot response boat, which arrived on scene quickly from the nearby station there.

All 24 people are wearing life jackets, and the vessel’s master will attempt to re-float the white-hulled boat with two masts on the high tide at 6:06 p.m.

Marine investigators from Coast Guard Sector Northern New England in Portland, Maine are en route to the scene.

“We are monitoring the situation carefully from our small boats,” said Senior Chief Petty Officer Chuck Chavtur with Station Boothbay Harbor. “We are on scene to ensure the safety of everyone on the sail boat. We don’t know how the vessel went aground, but will investigate the matter.”

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