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Oregon Inlet Rescue

We had a 39' Shannon come to grief trying to enter the Oregon Inlet here under sail in 35-40K this past weekend. The boat had been headed south offshore and gotten a prop wrap and made the decision to try to come in.
The boat quickly was driven aground on the shoals in this treacherous inlet and the Coasties could not get to it. They called in a helicopter and rescued the 3 people aboard. Further good news is that the boat floated free the next AM and was towed and is now on the hard with little damage. The 3 sailors want no more of sailing and the boat will be put up for sale I understand.
Here's the pix from my friend Capt. Stu who runs the local SeaTow and was out there in these conditions standing by.

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One wonders what they were doing outside in the first place. I'd think a U turn would make more sense than trying the Oregon Inlet in those conditions. Glad everyone got off safely.
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Unbelievable photos.
Two thumbs up for the USGG.
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Would I be wrong in assuming that the boat is a steel hull if it spent hours run aground in that weather and survived?

Great work by the USCG!

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Would I be wrong in assuming that the boat is a steel hull if it spent hours run aground in that weather and survived?
Great work by the USCG!Bill
It's a Shannon 39, terriffic boat, heavy fiberglas hull - almost 2 inches of solid fiberglas at the turn of the bilge.
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An Oregon Inlet in 35-40 knots of wind... are they nuts??? Glad they're okay, but whatever possessed them to attempt that. There are boats a lot bigger than a 39' shannon that aren't willing to try that.
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