July 2, 2007 in Nation/World

Rocks snag boat anchor

Associated Press The Spokesman-Review
 

KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine – President Bush’s presidency is stuck in low gear. On Sunday, his fishing boat was stuck on stop.

The Secret Service bailed Bush out of a jam when his boat anchor got wedged in rocks along the Atlantic Coast.

Relaxing before his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, the president went fishing with his father, former President George H.W. Bush, and daughter, Barbara.

They dropped the anchor less than 100 feet from shore at Biddleford, Maine, but when they decided to leave, they couldn’t, according to a photographer who witnessed the incident.

Soon after, a member of the president’s security detail called divers aboard a Secret Service boat that had been following.

The anchor was untied, and the elder Bush backed his boat out of the way. After a diver went into the chilly water, the president resumed fishing.

But he had time to cast his line just a few times. Within minutes, the diver surfaced with anchor in hand.


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