Coast Guard helps recover NC trawler that ran aground in Outer Banks; 4 crew members rescued
DUCK, NC (WNCN) — After rescuing four crew members from a stranded fishing boat in the Outer Banks last week, the U.S. Coast Guard is coordinating the vessel’s rescue efforts.
On Tuesday, the trawler Bald Eagle II ran aground near Duck after becoming disabled. Video from the scene showed the vessel in heavy surf near Southern Shores.
The captain of the Bald Eagle II called for help around 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, saying his ship was disabled and drifting to shore.
A Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City MH-60 Jayhawk hoisted the four people from the boat onto the helicopter and flew them to the Coast Guard Air Station. No one was hurt.
On Sunday, the Coast Guard said it was monitoring the removal of fuel and other “hazardous substances” from the boat.
A company was hired to remove 6,500 gallons of diesel fuel and 1,000 gallons of oily water mix from the boat.
The Coast Guard said the removal of fuel and contaminated water should be complete by Sunday.
Then efforts will be made to tow the boat off the beach.
A tug from Charleston, South Carolina is currently heading to the Duck area. This boat will tow the Bald Eagle II to Hampton, Va., for repairs, the Coast Guard said in a news release.
It is the second recent trawler to become stuck in the shallow waters of the Outer Banks.
Another boat called Ocean Pursuit, also known as Cameron Scott, ran aground on March 1, 2020 and is now sunk in the sand.
The crew was rescued before the ship got stuck south of the Bodie Island lighthouse. The ship is almost completely buried in the sand.
Officials were never able to find the owner and began removing him in late October.