Schooner with 49 passengers runs aground off Portland

Posted July 31, 2011, at 5:18 a.m.

PORTLAND, Maine  — An 88-foot excursion schooner has run aground for the second time in two months off the Maine coast.

Coast Guard Lt. Nick Barrow says the two-masted Wendameen with 49 passengers and three crew members ran aground at 4:36 p.m. Saturday north of Great Diamond Island, in Casco Bay. He says no one was hurt.

A 47-foot Coast Guard rescue boat was on the scene, along with a Portland fire boat and other vessels.

Barrow says the passengers were offloaded onto the rescue boats. The crew was expected to stay aboard until high tide.

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On June 4, the same vessel ran around at a fort near the entrance of Portland Harbor. The 23 passengers were returned to shore and the four crew members stayed with the boat.

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