BAR HARBOR — The Coast Guard continues to investigate the cause of an incident that sent two people to Mount Desert Island Hospital with injuries Sunday morning after the College of the Atlantic research vessel Osprey’s keel struck a rock while touring Frenchman Bay.
The incident occurred during a cruise that departed the COA pier at 10:30 a.m. for a pleasure tour of the bay as part of the college’s Family and Alumni Weekend. Approximately 26 guests and two crew members were aboard when the boat struck a rock, causing passengers to lose their balance.
One woman, a parent of a current student, was driven to MDI Hospital and was treated and released. Another person, a student member of the Osprey crew, later sought medical attention at the hospital for unspecified swelling and was released. Others aboard the boat received minor scrapes and bruises, none serious enough to require medical attention.
Osprey made it back to the College of the Atlantic pier under its own power. The extent of damage appears to be minimal, though further examination will be conducted. Jerry Blanford, who has captained the Osprey numerous times and is a seasoned Frenchman Bay sailor, was operating the vessel at the time of the incident.