The Coast Guard and Portland Fire and Rescue rescued six adults and one child Saturday afternoon from the 40-foot Lawilila which was impaled on a piling and taking on water in the vicinity of Kelley Point in Portland.
A Coast Guard 29-foot Response Boat and a Fire Boat removed the seven people from the vessel. No injuries were reported, and five of the boaters were taken to shore. The master of the boat and another person are reportedly assisting Tow Boat US in salvage efforts.
The mayday call was received at 1:05 p.m. and a Portland crew diverted from assisting a vessel aground near the I-205 Bridge and arrived on scene at 1:18 p.m. After assessing the incident, the Coast Guard crew removed five of the boaters from the Lawilila. Fire Boat 17 arrived on scene at 1:25 p.m. and removed the two other boaters.
The Lawilila reportedly impaled and stuck on a submerged piling. On-scene crews attempted to remove the boat from the piling but were unable to do so. Salvage efforts are continuing at this time.
by Tom Evans, Injury at Sea.
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