Ferry strikes skiff in Southwest Harbor

Posted Sept. 09, 2008, at 10:23 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 29, 2011, at 7:17 a.m.

BANGOR, Maine — A ferry struck an empty skiff in Southwest Harbor on Tuesday afternoon, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.

No passengers were aboard the ferry Island Queen at the time and there were no reports of injuries to the crew, the Coast Guard said in a statement released Tuesday evening. No pollution or damage to the ferry was reported.

A 25-foot boat and crew from Coast Guard Station Southwest Harbor was on a routine patrol in the area when they received a report at about 1:22 p.m. that the 42-foot passenger vessel had hit a skiff attached to a mooring ball in the harbor, the Coast Guard reported.

The Coast Guard crew recovered the damaged 12-foot skiff and notified the owner.

“The bow [of the skiff] was pretty chopped up when we found it half-swamped in the harbor,” said Petty Officer 3rd Class Taylor Sweeney. “There was a registration number on what was left of the bow which helped us find the boat’s owner.”

At the time of the accident, winds reportedly were gusting up to 30 mph with seas around 4 feet.

The Island Queen later was moored at the town pier in Southwest Harbor.

The Coast Guard Marine Safety Detachment in Belfast was sending investigators to inspect the ferry and determine the cause of the incident.

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