September 11, 2013
Boat runs aground at Cape Point
By IRENE NOLAN
National Park Service’s Turtle Patrol and other beachgoers were
startled to find a 30-foot sportfishing boat with twin outboard engines
sitting high and dry at Cape Point early this morning.
to David Carter, the National Park Service’s Hatteras Island district
ranger, the boat, Dagsy Leigh, ran aground overnight.
There were two people on board and neither was injured.
said the boat has a New Jersey owner and its homeport is Brielle, N.J.
It is leased to a South Carolina captain, he said, and docked at
Paul Rosell of TowboatUS of Hatteras was on the Cape Point beach today figuring out how to best get the boat moved.
said the boat’s operator told him that he had experienced mechanical
problems with the boat on the shoals and drifted onto the beach.
He added that the boat did not appear to be damaged.
because of rough ocean conditions at the Point, the plan was to load
the boat on a trailer and tow it off the beach, rather than tow it back
into the ocean directly against the breaking waves.
spokesman for the U.S. Coast Guard Sector North Carolina said the
agency was aware of the grounding and it had been checked out by
personnel from Station Hatteras Inlet. The Coast Guard, he said, did
not take a report since the incident was being handled by the Park
Service and that efforts were underway to remove it.