Whale-watching boat runs aground off Maine coast

SOUTHWEST HARBOR, Maine – High winds apparently conspired to shake loose a whale-watching boat from its mooring last night, causing the Tails of the Sea to run aground on the rocks here off Hancock Point. The vessel is owned and operated by Captain John Whale Watching and Fishing Tours, which lists its home port as Plymouth on its web site, but which has apparently been operating out of Downeast Maine this summer.

According to the Bangor Daily News, the grounding was reported by locals at about 7:30 a.m. this morning. The Coast Guard responded, but saw no fuel spills, so waited for the tide to rise, at which time a small boat pulled the vessel free, according to Bosun’s Mate Jeremy Graffam of the Southwest Harbor Coast Guard station. 

Tails of the Sea was able to travel to Southwest Harbor under its own power to be inspected for damage.

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