May 21, 2019

Two women rescued from grounded boat

SOUTHWEST HARBOR – Two women who took a 14-foot sailboat out for a spin Wednesday despite rough sea conditions and a small craft advisory ran aground and had to be rescued by the Coast Guard.

“It was extremely rough and extremely windy,” said Chris Berry of the Coast Guard Group Southwest Harbor. “I was very surprised to hear that a 14-foot sailboat was out there sailing.”

Cindi Schmidt and Katie Bell, both of Northeast Harbor, were in Schmidt’s boat Lucy Bars at 12:45 p.m. when they realized they were in danger of running aground near King’s Point, between Manset and Seawall.

Schmidt called the Coast Guard from her cell phone to request assistance.

When crews arrived, they found that the sailboat was aground close to shore with both women still aboard.

“We ended up recovering the two ladies from their sailboat by wading out to the ledge,” Berry said.

Two petty officers, Todd Chilton and Tony Vavrek, waded out in dry suits to help the women out of the 52-degree water.

Once onshore, the women were checked for hypothermia and found to be fine.

The sailboat had no visible damage, according to Coast Guard personnel. It was removed by a local boatyard.

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