Coast Guard assists four people, dog aboard grounded sailboat

BOSTON – The Coast Guard assisted four people and a dog when their 50-foot sailboat ran aground in Long Cove near Rockland, Maine, about 10 a.m., today.

A boat crew from Coast Guard Station Rockland, Maine, went aboard the Portland, Maine, based sailboat Iwalani to confirm that there were no injuries or damage to the vessel. They left the area afterward, but station personnel contacted the crew of the Iwalani every 30 minutes to ensure nothing had changed.

The sailboat floated free at 1 p.m., when the tide came in. They went to a nearby mooring ball to conduct a final damage inspection and found nothing wrong with the boat.

“The crew of the Iwalani did everything right,” said Chief Petty Officer Ray Mahannah, the command duty officer at Sector Northern New England. “They had a radio aboard, they notified us right away when they ran aground, and they were carrying all the required safety equipment.”

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