Coast Guard Working To Move Grounded Shrimp Boat

By on October 17, 2018 in WNDB News

Ormond Beach, FL – It may take some time for the 150-ton steel-hulled shrimp boat which ran aground in Ormond Beach earlier this week to be removed from the beach.

That’s the word from the United States Coast Guard after investigators boarded the 77-foot-long A.M.G. today (October 17th) to inspect the damage caused from Monday night’s beaching just north of the Volusia County Beach Safety substation on Cardinal Drive.

Volusia County emergency dispatchers were first notified by a man who spotted the distressed boat moments before impact from a nearby resort. Those calls (edited for space) are posted below.

USCG Petty Officer Luke Clayton sats those investigators found nothing unsafe during the inspection, including any potential pollutants going into the ocean water or any water going into the vessel.

Now the question becomes when the ship will be removed, something Clayton says could take time because a salvage plan must be sent in by the owner and then approved by USCG before tow crews are allowed in.

Also complicating matters is that the work will likely need to be done during high tide and the tow crews which have been hired by the AMG’s owner cannot work after sundown for safety reasons, per Clayton.

Investigators haven’t said at this point why the ship ran aground.



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