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Ex-Pres. G.H.W. Bush's boat runs aground

KENNEBUNK, Maine, July 13 (UPI) -- Former President George H.W. Bush's boat ran aground on a Maine beach when the craft was thrown off course, a Bush aide said.

Bush's vessel, the Fidelity IV, a 38-foot Fountain Center Console boat, was returning Monday to the Kennebunk River and had trouble navigating due to heavy fog, The Portsmouth, (N.H.) Herald reported.

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The aide, Jim Appleby, said the boat, with the 86-year-old former president and family members aboard, missed the river and grounded on Gooch's Beach. It wasn't reported who was operating the boat at the time.

"You couldn't see two 2 feet in front of your face. The fog was probably as bad as I've seen it up here," Appleby said.

Kennebunk police were called to assist Bush's staff and the U.S. Secret Service to move the boat.

An estimated 500 people came to the beach to watch the episode unfold, police said.

No one was injured, but the boat sustained minor damage, said Appleby.

"I wouldn't say it's good as new," Appleby said.

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