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For Immediate Release
August 25, 2016
For more information contact:
Captain Tim Dunleavy
(603) 293-2037

Grounding of MV Mt. Sunapee Excursion Vessel at Lake Sunapee, Adjacent to Sunapee State Beach

While touring Lake Sunapee this afternoon at approximately 3:00 pm, the MV Mt. Sunapee became grounded atop the water intake pipes that service the Mount Sunapee Ski Area's snow making system. Emergency officials were notified immediately and responded to the scene. It was quickly determined no injuries were sustained and that the integrity of the hull had not been compromised.

The vessel was carrying 58 passengers and two crew members at the time of the accident.All passengers were evacuated to the MV Kearsarge (Mt. Sunapee's sister ship) with the assistance of the Sunapee and Newbury Fire Departments, Sunapee Police Dept., and the NH State Police-Marine Patrol. The operator of the boat was Alan Peterson of Sunapee.

After the grounding occurred, appropriate safety procedures were followed including the wearing of life jackets by all passengers during vessel transfer.

Efforts to remove the boat will continue tomorrow morning with the assistance of divers. The boat was approximately 300 feet from shore in approximately 4 feet of water when it rode upon the pipes.

An initial inspection of the piping showed no damage.
   
 
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