NAGS HEAD, NC (WNCN) – Officials say work will begin soon to remove wreckage from the Outer Banks.
A scallop called Ocean Pursuit, also known as Cameron Scott, ran aground on March 1, 2020 and is now stuck in the sand. The crew were rescued.
The ship is stuck south of the Bodie Island Lighthouse and has caught the attention of visitors to the area. Authorities last year warned people to stay clear of the sinking.
A Buxton dredging company will begin a nearly $ 300,000 project Monday to remove the vessel, which sits on a beach south of the Oregon Inlet Campground in Cape Hatteras National Seashore.
The scallop trawler was attempting to reach Morehead City when the vessel had engine problems and ran aground, according to OBX Today.
Cape Hatteras National Seashore said it tried to get the owner of the boat to claim and remove it, but was unsuccessful.
Now they call it an “abandoned ship”.
Seashore officials recently posted photos of the boat that showed it almost disappearing under the sand.
Contacting the owner and attempting to have the boat removed by that person slowed the effort to have it removed.
“This process took longer than expected, which is why Cape Hatteras National Seashore determined that it was necessary to use a combination of funding sources to remove the vessel before it became potentially more expensive to remove. later and to minimize impacts on the natural environment, “David Hallac, superintendent of national parks in eastern North Carolina, wrote in a press release.
The project is expected to take around 30 days, officials said.
Officials said part of the project would restore “the natural shape and slope to match the surrounding beach.”