Ormond Beach, FL – The United States Coast Guard is coordinating with the owner of a shrimping vessel to get it removed from a Volusia County beach after it ran aground last night (October 15th) in Ormond Beach.
Initial reports to the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office emergency dispatch indicate the AMG – an over 30-year-old commercial boat based out of Key West – was taking on water when it ran aground around 8:30 p.m. just north of the Cardinal Drive beach approach on State Road A1A.
As of this morning, the 77-foot-long boat remained within easy reach and view of beachgoers, many of whom were stopping and taking photos.
USCG Petty Officer Third Class Ryan Dickinson tells us it’s not exactly clear at this point why the boat ran aground, but investigators are looking into that.
“We’re still trying to determine exactly what happened,” Dickinson added. “Right now, there haven’t been any reports of any pollution or any injuries.”
The owner of the A.M.G. has arranged for a tow boat out of Jacksonville to get the vessel off the beach, but when that will happen isn’t clear.
Dickinson admits it may be best to wait for high tide to have it removed, meaning the boat could remain in place for much of the day and possibly into tomorrow.