Sunken sailboat recovered off Bar Harbor

Posted Sept. 13, 2012, at 6:24 p.m.

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BAR HARBOR, Maine — A sailboat that sank last week in Frenchman Bay after striking a rocky ledge has been recovered from the water, according to the Coast Guard.

The 24-foot sailboat sank on the evening of Sept. 6, after it struck Bald Rock Ledge, Lt. Megan Drewniak of the Coast Guard said Thursday. The owner and one other person were on board and were furling their sails to head back into Bar Harbor when the accident occurred around 6:45 p.m., Drewniak said.

Drewniak said she did not know the name of the owner or of the boat.

Maine State Police received a 911 call after the boat had begun taking on water, and nearby fishing boats went to the sailboat’s aid to try to help, according to Drewniak. The call was forwarded to the Coast Guard, which then sent a vessel from the agency’s station in Southwest Harbor to assist at the scene. Coast Guard personnel tried to stabilize the boat and pump water from it back into the bay, she said.

Those efforts were unsuccessful, however, and the two passengers boarded the Coast Guard vessel as the sailboat sank in about 30 feet of water, Drewniak said.

“No one was hurt,” she said.

The owner hired a diver and a marine contractor to salvage the boat, but rough sea conditions earlier this week prevented them from going out to search. On Wednesday, when conditions were calm, the diver located the submerged boat in the bay about 300 yards southwest of the ledge. The boat was not in a cruise ship anchorage on the north side of Bar Island so it was not considered a hazard to navigation, according to Drewniak.

The boat was recovered at about 7 p.m. Wednesday and towed into Bar Harbor, she said.

Drewniak said the Coast Guard does not anticipate filing any charges in the incident and, now that the boat has been recovered, the agency considers the case closed.

“It is not something the Coast Guard plans on investigating any further,” Drewniak said.

Follow BDN reporter Bill Trotter on Twitter at @billtrotter.

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