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Probe underway of disabled boat that prompted rescue by U.S. Coast Guard

PORTSMOUTH - Investigators on Saturday hadn't confirmed why a vessel became disabled Friday in the Piscataqua River, requiring the U.S. Coast Guard to rescue 27 people onboard, Coast Guard Petty Officer Jared Lovern said.

The Celia Thaxter had become disabled and was being pushed against the Sarah Mildred Long Bridge by the Piscataqua River current about 3 p.m. Friday, a news statement said.

The Coast Guard and a crew from the New Hampshire Marine Patrol safely rescued the 24 passengers and two crew members. The ship's "master" stayed aboard while the vessel was towed to its dock in Portsmouth, the release said.

Lovern said no injuries were reported.

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