Coast Guard Station South Portland responds to multiple adrift vessels, groundings

PORTLAND, Maine — Coast Guard Sector Northern New England crews responded to 17 vessel adrift and boat grounding cases throughout the past weekend.

Coast Guard Station South Portland crewmembers spent about an hour and a half responding to each adrift and grounded vessel.

Fortunately, there were no injuries or missing persons in these cases. Because the owner’s of the grounded and adrift vessels had current registration and identifying information, the Coast Guard was able to contact the owner of each boat.

The Coast Guard urges mariners to secure their vessels with care in order to minimize the number of adrift and unmanned vessels. The Coast Guard treats every adrift vessel as a potential person in the water case. Unless the owner of the vessel can be contacted or a determination made based on the facts of the case that there is no one missing, the Coast Guard will continue to search. This can take hours of search time and resources.

Heavy weather is believed to be the cause of the groundings and adrift vessels.

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