Sunday, May 26, 2013
BAR HARBOR — The United States Coast Guard is investigating why a vessel carrying 93 cruise ship passengers ran aground Thursday night stranding the passengers on a remote shoal off Bar Harbor.
Lt. Nick Barrow said the vessel, known as a tender, was transporting passengers from Bar Harbor to the Celebrity Summit, which was anchored offshore.
The tender ran aground at 7:45 p.m. at low tide in shallow water between Bar Island and Porcupine Island. The crew of a local whale watch boat was able to rescue the passengers and two crew members.
No injuries were reported.
Barrow said the cruise ship, which is bound for Bayonne, N.J., arrived in Bar Harbor on Thursday morning.