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Woman recovering after sailboat mast hits her in head

A woman is recovering in the hospital after the mast of her sailboat snapped in half, hitting her in the head. (Portland Harbormaster)

PORTLAND (WGME) – A woman is recovering in the hospital after the mast of her sailboat snapped in half, hitting her in the head.

The incident happened Wednesday as she was sailing in Portland Harbor near Fort Gorges.

Officials say the wind was so strong the mast of the boat snapped.

Luckily a nearby tall ship, the Oliver Hazard Perry, saw the woman in trouble, and sent a trained EMT to help before the Coast Guard arrived.

Officials say the woman suffered a severe head injury in the accident but is expected to survive.

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