One dead, three injured after schooner mast collapse off Rockland, Maine

One person died and three others sustained injuries after being struck by the mast of a historic schooner, the Grace Bailey. The US Coast Guard responded to the incident involving the vessel which reportedly was demasted. The incident occurred of off Rockland, Maine, on Monday October 9th.

The crew of the 118-footer called the USCG at around 10:00 local time, seeking assistance after their mast broke and fell onto the deck.

The USCG sent a 47-foot Motor Lifeboat (MLB) crew from USCG Station Rockland to provide aid. Upon arrival, the MLB crew transferred one woman from the Grace Bailey to awaiting EMS personnel at Rockland Harbor, where she was pronounced dead.

The MLB crew returned to the Grace Bailey with EMS personnel to retrieve the remaining injured individuals. They were transferred to EMS at Rockland Harbor and taken to Pen Bay Medical Centre in Rockport. The Grace Bailey, a two-masted schooner built in 1882, offers multi-night cruises for up to 29 passengers from its homeport in Rockport, Maine. The schooner was once part of Maine’s original “Windjammer” fleet