- Associated Press - Thursday, June 30, 2016

NEW CASTLE, N.H. (AP) - U.S. Coast Guard officials say there were no injuries nor was there any pollution after an oil tanker struck bottom before hitting three moored sailboats in a river that runs between Maine and New Hampshire.

Authorities say they are continuing to monitor the 477-foot Chem Venus that struck bottom near Goat Island Ledge Island on Wednesday and began taking on water before hitting the unmanned sailboats on the Piscataqua ((pih-SKAT’-ah-kwah) River.

Coast Guard Capt. Michael Baroody said Thursday 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.

Officials say salvage divers on Thursday found a tear measuring 3-feet by 10-feet in its hull.

The cause of the grounding remains under investigation.

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