Owners of trawler grounded in Oregon Inlet working on removal plan

The Ocean Pursuit was hard aground in the breakers off Bodie Island Spit on March 5, 2020. [Sam Walker photo]

The owners of a commercial scallop boat that ran aground in Oregon Inlet last weekend are continuing work on a plan to remove the vessel from just off the beach of the inlet’s northern shoreline.

The 73-foot-long steel-hull ship, currently marked as the F/V Ocean Pursuit, ran into trouble in Oregon Inlet on Sunday, and ran into shallow water along the northern edge of the navigation channel.

A U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City helicopter airlifted the crew from the vessel as a precaution.

The vessel has since become grounded in the surf roughly a half-mile south of Cape Hatteras National Seashore Ramp 4 on Bodie Island Spit.

The owners are still working to devise a plan to safely remove the vessel that takes into consideration any potential hazards, according to Coast Guard public affairs specialist Petty Officer 1st Class Steve Lehmann.

Lehmann said it is not yet known how much fuel or other possible hazards to the environment remained on board.

A search of NOAA records found the vessel is currently registered with the Coast Guard as the “Cameron Scott”, hailing from Newport News. Specifics about the ship’s owner were not available.

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