Grounded vessel removed from Cape Hatteras National Seashore beach

Published 2:57 pm Wednesday, June 21, 2023

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The 28-foot Carol-ina has been removed from the beach near the northeastern entrance to Hatteras village on the Cape Hatteras National Seashore. The vessel was grounded during the early evening hours of Sunday, June 18, 2023,

Four people were on board the vessel when it came to shore. No injuries were reported.

The National Park Service in a news release issued at 10:33 a.m. on Wednesday that travel delays would be experienced along NC 12 between Hatteras and Frisco beginning around 11 a.m. on Wednesday, June 21, 2023. The northbound lane of NC 12 was closed temporarily so a crane operator could safely remove a recently grounded vessel from the beach. The southbound lane was used to alternate the flow of traffic for most of the work period. The northbound lane reopened a short time later.

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According to the release, the contractor for the owner of the Carol-ina submitted a work plan Tuesday afternoon to the National Park Service to use a crane to lift the vessel over the dune and onto a trailer on the northbound lane of the highway. “The National Park Service reviewed the work plan and approved a permit this morning for removal of the vessel after coordinating with the N.C. Department of Transportation, N.C. State Highway Patrol, Dare County Sheriff’s Office and Dare County Emergency Management,” stated Wednesday morning’s news release.

For more information about vessel groundings on the Cape Hatteras National Seashore, check out this link.