Three People & Dog Rescued From Grounded Trawler

Three people were saved, along with their dog, Saturday morning from their grounded fishing trawler in the Oregon Inlet.

The Coast Guard says the 77-foot Sheila Rene’s crew ran aground Friday night. A rescue boat tried to dislodge the trawler, but was unable to free it.

As conditions worsened overnight, the Coast Guard determined it was unsafe for them to stay on the trawler. A MH-60J Jayhawk helicopter from Elizabeth City hoisted them off the boat around 7:00 a.m.

The three people and the dog were safely removed to the Coast Guard station.


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  • by Jonny Rose Location: Bath on Jan 3, 2010 at 01:52 PM
    Ive been a fisherman for 30 years,,,,if you have a family you pay no attention to the weather,,there are so many laws put on us that you have to go bad weather or not,they give you so many days at a certain time and thats it,,you either be there or wait till another date and time,,its not that we wanna go we have to go,and plus we can only have so many fish on the boat at one time, when you have no money to put cloths on your kids or feed your family,,weather means nothing,,its a chance us fishermen have to take,,,Its just another day at work for us,Im just glad the guys are ok,they didnt get on the bottem for the fun of it,,The ones that have ever been through oregon inlet knows,its a death trap with the tide,and shallow waters and sholes,the best fishermen thats ever stept foot on a boat,has somewhere had problems here or there,,take care,,and again glad you guys are ok..
  • by Love the coast Location: J'ville, NC on Jan 3, 2010 at 07:00 AM
    I was at the coast Saturday and my husband and I took pictures of the trawler. It was on it's side slightly. I think the biggest concern was keeping it away from the Hubert Bonner Bridge, it was in the little inlet where everyone loves to fish. The coast guard was trying to save the boat. With the wind blowing and the rough seas it could have been a combination of engine trouble or the wind. Glad everyone is safe.
  • by tug Location: New Bern on Jan 2, 2010 at 10:08 PM
    there is no law that says you have to be prepared. The vast majority of recreational vessels in trouble more or less did it to themselves. Still Oregon Inlet is treacherous with constantly shifting channels. The prudent, professional mariner watches the weather and knows the rules of the road along with how to read a chart and navigate. Still, things happen, equipment breaks and just plain bad luck or navigation mistakes. As a professional mariner, I'm glad the USCG SAR guys will come get me when it hits the fan
  • by william Location: goldsboro on Jan 2, 2010 at 02:56 PM
    sure am glad to hear all is well, and everyone and the dog are ok, but I do want to ask, when ever a boat goes out is it mandatory to know weather conditions and sea conditions and maps, etc, I do not own a boat, but lately hear about a lot of rescues, so hope everyone will follow safety precautions
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