Fishing trawler aground on Oregon Inlet bar is freed By
A 77-foot fishing trawler that was stuck on the Oregon Inlet bar just
east of the Bonner Bridge was freed last evening about 8:30 p.m.
According to Ensign Caleb Peacock, public information officer for U.S.
Coast Guard Sector North Carolina, the trawler Sheila Rene was towed by
the 110-foot Coast Guard cutter Staten Island to open waters, where it
was secured and watched overnight by two 47-foot lifeboats from Station
Peacock said that on Monday afternoon, a tug boat from a salvage
company in Virginia towed the Sheila Rene back to its homeport in
He added that the fishing vessel Handful, which capsized and sank late
yesterday afternoon while assisting with the effort to free the
trawler, “was completely submerged” with no salvage plans
Handful is also out of Wanchese. Its captain is Tommy
and the mate is Stevie Ruhle. Neither was injured in the
January 3, 2010
Crew is rescued from trawler
still aground at Oregon Inlet
S. Coast Guard crews hoisted three people and their dog to safety
Saturday morning, Jan. 2, from a grounded fishing trawler on the Oregon
However, on Sunday evening, Jan. 3, the trawler was still high and dry
on the shoals.
According to a media release, the crew of the 77-foot Sheila Rene out
of Wanchese contacted the Coast Guard late on Friday night, Jan. 1,
requesting help after their trawler grounded on the bar. The
Coast Guard dispatched a 47-foot rescue boat from Station Oregon Inlet
at about 11:30 p.m. to dislodge the Sheila Rene, but they were unable
to free the trawler.
Conditions worsened for the crew overnight, and the Coast Guard deemed
it unsafe for the crew to stay on the grounded trawler. An Air Station
Elizabeth City MH-60T Jayhawk helicopter crew arrived about 7 a.m. on
Saturday, hoisted them off, and delivered them to the station.
According to ENS Caleb Peacock, public affairs officer for Coast Guard
Sector North Carolina, the trawler, loaded with 10,000 pounds of
seafood, floated off the bar at Saturday morning’s high tide, but
then was grounded again.
Peacock said that Sunday morning’s high tide moved the
trawler about 30 feet to the east, but then it was aground again. Also,
on Sunday morning, the Coast Guard returned the crew to the boat,
inspected it, and found it seaworthy.
Sunday afternoon two Coast Guard boats were standing by while boats and
crews from Sea Tow Services, a private company, tried to get the Sheila
Rene off the shoals – or, at least, secured.
Late Saturday afternoon, a fishing vessel assisting Sea Tow capsized,
Peacock said. The vessel is the Handful, and one person who went into
the water was rescued by the Coast Guard and was not injured.
By dark, the trawler was still aground. A person who answered
call to Sea Tow Oregon Inlet said he didn’t have time to talk,
but that crews were making progress in the freezing temperatures and
still gusty northwest winds.
Peacock said that the Coast Guard was watching the situation and did
not consider the trawler a threat to the Bonner Bridge over Oregon
Click here for video of the
grounded Sheila Rene. Video was taken by a U.S. Coast Guard