The 146 meter long, 19887 dwt tanker Chem Venus ran aground on the Piscataqua River near Portsmouth, New Hampshire. The Chem Venus had lost controlled when it struck three small sailboats before hitting bottom. No reports of injuries. The tanker sustained a 3 meter long hole in the bow and resulting water ingress. The sailboats were damaged, but remain afloat. No reports of pollution released. The Coast Guard has launched an investigation into the cause of the incident.
On August 18, the 23 foot long fishing vessel Cecily Jean sprung a leak off Portsmouth, New Hampshire. The Cecily Jean discovered it was taking on water and sent out a distress call. Two 47-foot lifeboats were launched to the scene while two other vessels remained nearby the Cecily Jean. The Coast Guard lifeboat arrived and provided a dewatering pump to bring the flooding under control. The lifeboat took the Cecily Jean under tow back to port. No reports of injuries to the 2 crew on board.
The passenger vessel Celia Thaxter became disabled on the Piscataqua River off Portsmouth, New Hampshire. The Celia Thaxter was on a sight-seeing tour with 24 passengers and 2 crew when it’s suffered engine failure. The vessel drifted with the river current until it was pushed against the Sarah Long Bridge. The crew requested assistance with the Coast Guard and local authorities responding. All the passengers and one crewman were transferred off the Celia Thaxter over to a nearby pier before it was pulled free and towed back to its berth in Portsmouth. No reports of injuries, damage or pollution released. The Coast Guard has launched an investigation into the incident.