- Associated Press - Saturday, July 2, 2016

NEW CASTLE, N.H. (AP) - U.S. Coast Guard officials say they have completed their task of monitoring an oil tanker that struck bottom before hitting three moored sailboats in a river that runs between Maine and New Hampshire.

Authorities say they have approved the salvage plan proposed by the owner of the 477-foot Chem Venus, after salvage crews determined damage to the tanker is limited to a 3-foot by 10-foot tear on its starboard bow.

The collision happened Wednesday at the mouth of the Piscataqua (pih-SKAT’-ah-kwah) River.

Coast Guard Capt. Michael Baroody says it was “extremely fortunate” that no one was injured and no pollution resulted from the events.

The Chem Venus was carrying a load of used vegetable oil and industrial chemicals.

The tanker is heading to the United Kingdom to offload its cargo.

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