Grounded fishing vessel near Browns Inlet refloated

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WILMINGTON, N.C. (WNCT) — The Coast Guard received a report of the fishing vessel Sea Angels being towed off the beach by the fishing vessel Lady Deborah during high tide Wednesday evening.

The vessel was towed to Jarrett Bay Boatworks in Beaufort where it has been dry-docked for inspection and repairs.

A Unified Command was established to address the potential pollution threat and salvage operations after the vessel ran aground near Browns Inlet on December 9, 2019.

The cause of the grounding is currently under investigation by Coast Guard Sector North Carolina.

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WILMINGTON, N.C. (WNCT) — The Unified Command is overseeing lightering operations to remove the fuel from aboard the grounded fishing vessel Sea Angels, which are being completed by a contractor hired by the vessel owner Wednesday afternoon.

Operations are expected to continue over the next several days to remove all fuel and other oil from the fishing vessel, which ran aground near Browns Inlet on December 9, 2019.

The response is complicated by weather and sea conditions, as well as the possible presence of unexploded military ordnance in the area surrounding the vessel.

Precautions are being taken to ensure the safety of all personnel and the public during these operations.

The total amount of fuel on the vessel is unknown, but the current estimated amount is 15,000 gallons of diesel fuel.

The Unified Command consists of the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Marine Corps, North Carolina Emergency Management, Onslow County Emergency Management, and the vessel owner.

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WILMINGTON, N.C. (WNCT) — The Unified Command discussed plans to remove diesel fuel from the fishing vessel Sea Angels at the Onslow County Emergency Operations Center Tuesday.  

The fishing vessel Sea Angels ran aground near Browns Inlet on December 9.

The Unified Command has identified the safety of personnel responding to the grounding and the protection of the environment as the top priorities for the on-going response efforts. The response is complicated by the presence of unexploded ordnance in the area surrounding the vessel, the stability and condition of the vessel, weather and sea conditions.

The Unified Command consists of the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Marine Corps, North Carolina Emergency Management, Onslow County Emergency Management, Vessel Hull Underwriter, and Vessel Environmental Underwriter.

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