The U.S.Coast Guard has reported that the SSV Oliver Hazard
Perry, Rhode Island’s official sail training ship, lost power and hit multiple
boats before grounding in Newport Harbor, R.I. on Sunday night.
The tall ship was leaving Bowen’s Wharf Seafood Festival with 12
crew members aboard when it lost power and began to drift and it ran aground
near Perrotti Park.
The Coast Guard said the tall ship was leaving Bowen’s
Wharf Seafood Festival with 12 crewmembers aboard when it lost power and
began to drift, eventually running aground near Perrotti Park. A 911
dispatcher alerted Coast Guard watchstanders to the incident at about 6:15 p.m.
Coast Guard Station Castle Hill is providing a safety zone
around the tall ship.
There are no reported injuries or pollution.
Two response boat crews from Station Castle Hill and personnel
from the Narragansett Bay Task Force are helping with the response.
Built by Senesco Marine in Rhode Island in 2015, the SSV Oliver
Hazard Perry is the first ocean-going full-rigged tall ship built in the United
States in over 100 years. The tall ship is a certified Sailing School Vessel
and received its USCG Certificate of Inspection in June 2016. It is privately
owned by Oliver Hazard Perry Rhode Island, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization
that provides at-sea education programs.
The Coast Guard said incident is under investigation. No
injuries or pollution has been reported.