Two Boats Collide, One Sinks Off Cape Hatteras

A collision between a shrimp boat and a catamaran Tuesday morning caused the shrimp boat to sink out in the Atlantic off Cape Hatteras.

Four people on the 67-foot Tina Rae were rescued by the Locura after the two collided around 3:00 a.m. near Diamond Shoals.

The Coast Guard says the Locura was damaged in the collision, but was able to proceed on its own power.

The cause of the collision is under investigation.


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  • by Anonymous on Jul 24, 2009 at 12:47 PM
    If the captain of the catamaran had time to take a picture of the shrimp boat running with no lights the they had time to turn and avoid hitting them!The running lights were still on as the boat rolled over.The generator was knocked out when hit by the cat but the running lights remained on.The radar on the cat is in their galley and no where visible when at the wheel.But due to weather conditions that did no good anyway.Three of the four on the TR are experenced fishermen and would never run without their lights and defently not during a storm.They just left NY scalloping a few days before hit by the cat.They're known up there and in MD,NJ and NC anyone can tell you the capt of the shrimp boat would never navigate without running lights.If there's pictures of the boat without lights we all want to see them and want to know why you seen them without lights and still hit them!That's a well known boat around NC exspecially Wilmington to Myrtle Beach.It's going to b missed!
  • by capt wife Location: Bruns Co.NC on Jul 24, 2009 at 07:35 AM
    The fishing vessel still had her running lights on when she rolled over if you had a vido I want to see it.My husband has never run with his lights off and has been running a fishing vessel for 24 years. The only reason I wasn't with him and the one thatwas his relief was because I had to go home.The storm had radar blacked out and visibility was bad but I know they would never run without their lights
  • by Carlos Garcia Location: Norfolk on Jul 24, 2009 at 06:51 AM
    Im the captain, the catamaran had all navigation light, and had a video that you can see the fishing vessel no had light, if you want to see please contact by carlsailing08@hotmail.com
  • by Mrs Jones Location: Shallotte N.C. on Jul 23, 2009 at 09:29 PM
    The Fishing Vessel Tina Rae was ramed by the sailboat locura. The sailboat was undetected on radar by the Fishing vessel because of the weather.theTina Rae never seen the cat coming because the only lights on was a mass light. The shrimp boat had her running lights and a deck light on.It put a large hole in the tina rae and she took on water quick.The capt. was the last one off the boat as soon as he got off she went down. from contact to down time was app. 15 min thanks to God and our guardian angels the crew all got off safe.
  • by Trisha Location: Brunswick Co NC on Jul 23, 2009 at 09:15 PM
    The fishing vessel That sunk was ramed by the cat. It only had a dim mass light the Tina Rae was running with its lights on.It was un able to see the cat.The radar on the vessel didn't pick up the cat because of the weather.It put about a 3 ft.hole in the starbord bow of the Tina Rae and turned her belly side up in 15 min.Thank God our guys got off safe.If it had been the Tina Rae that hit the Cat the Fishing vessel would still be sitting safely in the water.
  • by Haylee Jones Location: Shallotte Point, nc on Jul 23, 2009 at 08:06 PM
    no yall need to stop making up lies if you dont know the truth. my daddy was the capitan of the tina rae, and trust me he had lights on he always kept them on when it was dark even at the dock. they didnt see that little sail boat if they would have dont you think they would have changed their direction ? they are lucky my dad didnt hit them because their damage would be alot worse. it's a shame a little boat sunk my dads boat, they should have been paying attention and seen the tina rae they hit it, and it's their fault that my dads boat sank. yeah maybe the radar wasn't showing boats clearly but how do you expect the tina rae to see that little sail boat that hit the side of them.
  • by Steve coates Location: Hatteras on Jul 22, 2009 at 09:26 PM
    The spanards also said that the fishing boat was larger than their cat and the fisherman said they saw the cat approach. They plan on taking the inner coastal waterway to NEw York for repair.
  • by Steve coates Location: HAtteras on Jul 22, 2009 at 07:02 PM
    Tues. Evening I talked with the owners of the Sailboat locura, two guys from Malaga, spAin on a world cruise. They said the fishing boat did not have any lights and because of a storm their radar was not working. The cat must have rammed the fishing boat like a roman warship. No one was injured as the fisherman got in the cat. 100,000$ cat damage
  • by stewart Location: allen williams on Jul 22, 2009 at 12:09 PM
    When in doubt the law of Gross Tonnage Applies.
  • by Carol Location: Winterville on Jul 21, 2009 at 06:28 PM
    Wow, now THAT'S not a good way to start your day. Thank God all are safe, and thank God for our dedicated men and women of the USCG...our "Guardians" of the sea.
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