Beachgoers Stunned as Damaged Hovercraft Grinds to a Halt on New Hampshire Shore

by Madison Thomas
Damaged Hovercraft

In a surprising turn of events, a hovercraft en route from Cape Cod to Nova Scotia ended up as an unusual spectacle on the beach. After it sustained a sizable three-foot rip in its skirt, the decision was made to intentionally beach it.

The owner of the former Canadian Coast Guard craft informed authorities about the danger of operating the damaged vessel, leading to the decision to halt its journey at Hampton Beach on Saturday. The incident resulted in no injuries.

The colossal air-cushioned vessel, powered by two propeller-like fans, drew attention from curious onlookers as it remained stationary on the shore amidst rainfall.

Hampton Police Chief Alex Reno commented that the usually crowded beach was rather deserted due to the poor weather conditions. The hovercraft came ashore near nests of piping plovers, a species of endangered seabirds. However, the birds remained undisturbed by the unusual beach activity, he added.

Repairs to the vessel were completed by Sunday morning, enabling the hovercraft to continue its journey. It set off towards Portland, Maine, before proceeding to its ultimate destination, Nova Scotia, Canada.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Damaged Hovercraft

What happened to the hovercraft traveling from Cape Cod to Nova Scotia?

The hovercraft suffered a 3-foot tear in its skirt, and as a result, was deliberately run aground on Hampton Beach in New Hampshire.

Who owned the hovercraft and was anyone injured?

The hovercraft was privately owned and had previously served as a Canadian Coast Guard vessel. There were no injuries reported from the incident.

What was the response to the grounded hovercraft on the beach?

The grounded hovercraft turned into an unexpected spectacle for beachgoers. Despite the inclement weather, passersby took interest in the large, air-cushioned vessel.

Were any environmental concerns raised due to the hovercraft’s emergency landing?

The hovercraft landed near some nests of piping plovers, an endangered species of seabirds. However, authorities confirmed that the birds remained undisturbed by the activity.

What happened to the hovercraft after it landed?

The hovercraft was repaired by Sunday morning following the Saturday beaching. It then resumed its journey, first heading to Portland, Maine, before proceeding to Nova Scotia, Canada.

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MarineTechGuy June 19, 2023 - 2:59 am

That 3-foot tear wouldve been quite a task to repair, kudos to the team who got it back up n running!

TravelBugJane June 19, 2023 - 5:23 am

From Cape Cod to Nova Scotia on a hovercraft, sounds like quite the adventure. well, before the landing part I mean.

BeachLover44 June 19, 2023 - 10:32 am

wow, that’s crazy!! never thought i’d see a hovercraft at hampton beach. good nobody got hurt.

BirdWatchr101 June 19, 2023 - 12:28 pm

glad to hear the piping plovers were ok. these little guys are already endangered as it is.

RainyDaySam June 20, 2023 - 12:27 am

Figures, it was a rainy day. We don’t get much action on the beach when the sun’s not out. Missed the hovercraft drama.


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