Outer Banks stretch to be closed for yacht removal that ran aground at Cape Hatteras National Seashore
CAPE HATTERAS, NC (WNCN) – Crews prepare to pull out one of the last boats to race on the North Carolina coast.
At least three vessels – including two fishing trawlers – have washed up on the coast in the past two weeks.
Trawler crews had to be rescued by the US Coast Guard after their boat broke down near Duck a week ago.
Now a 37ft sailing yacht is to be retired after being stranded along the Cape Hatteras National Seashore.
According to National Park Service officials, the sailboat named Alhambra landed early Saturday morning just north of the Avon Fishing Pier at Cape Hatteras National Seashore in Avon.
The National Park Service was working with the Coast Guard and the shipowner to remove any hazardous substances on the boat.
Over the weekend, park staff put up a sign warning people to stay away from the beached yacht, which is registered in Bayfield, Wisconsin, on Lake Superior.
On Tuesday afternoon, park officials said a permit had been issued to remove the yacht.
Starting Wednesday morning, a small section of the beach will temporarily close north of Avon Fishing Pier as crews remove the Alhambra and clean up the surrounding beach.
Just a few weeks ago, a fishing boat named Jonathan Ryan was found near ATV ramp 48, about 1.25 miles southeast of Frisco Campground. It was later pulled out into open water.
Also on the Outer Banks last week, a trawler ran aground when it became inoperable near Duck. The US Coast Guard rescued four crew members, but the fishing boat was still stuck on Sunday.
WAVY-TV contributed to this report.