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Tall Ship ‘Oliver Hazard Perry’ Loses Power, Hits Boats before Grounding

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.

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