The U.S. Coast Guard, with help from some good Samaritans, rescued 25 passengers who were stranded Tuesday afternoon after a historic schooner ran aground during the Windjammer Regatta in Somes Sound.
Crew from the American Eagle, a historic 79-foot schooner, with a homeport in Rockland, reported to watchstanders at Coast Guard Station Southwest Harbor that the vessel had run aground about 3:15 p.m., the Coast Guard said Tuesday evening in a news release.
A 29-foot response boat crew from Station Southwest Harbor and a Coast Guard Auxiliary vessel were nearby providing safety patrols for the regatta, and they made their way toward American Eagle’s location.
A 47-foot response boat crew also launched from the station, and several good Samaritans joined in to help.
The Coast Guard Auxiliary and several good Samaritan vessels took the 25 guests from the schooner to a local boatyard. The American Eagle’s crew of five remained aboard with the intent of refloating the boat at about 9 p.m. when high tide was expected to arrive.
The Coast Guard said it would continue to monitor the vessel and crew.
No injuries, pollution, or damage to the vessel were reported.