Portland Ferry Passengers Safely Evacuated

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Ninety-six passengers were evacuated from a Portland-based ferry that ran aground about half a mile southeast of Basket Island, off the coast of Maine last week..
There were no reports of pollution or injuries to the 96 passengers and three crew aboard.

The Bay Mist refloated with the incoming tide around 3:15 a.m., and an inspection of the hull showed no signs of a puncture. The ferry and its three crew were escorted by tug to the Casco Bay ferry dock in Portland.

Coast Guard Station South Portland received the initial radio call ., reporting the 84-foot Bay Mist had run aground. The station launched a 25-foot and a 47-foot rescue boat to help evacuate the passengers from the stranded vessel. The case is under investigation.

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