Grounded sailboat at Avon to be removed Wednesday; tug arriving same day for shrimp trawler off Southern Shores

Airbags were used to “roll” the Alhambra out the breakers while repairs were made. Those same bags will be used to roll it back down to the water. [NPS photo]

Not so fast, Graveyard of the Atlantic!

The small area of beach around a grounded sailboat north of Avon Pier will be closed Wednesday to allow crews to get the vessel back into the ocean.

The National Park Service has issued a permit for recovery of the 37-foot Alhambra, which ended up beached near Tigrone Boulevard in Avon around 3 a.m. Saturday.

The master of the Island Packet yacht was the only person onboard, and made it to shore with assistance of the Hatteras Island Rescue Squad.

Over the last three weeks, trawlers have run into trouble off Frisco and Southern Shores and eventually ended up in the breakers.

While the F/V Johnathan Ryan was refloated and steamed away several hours after grounding off Ramp 48, the F/V Bald Eagle II remains in the surf near Trout Run and the N.C. 12/Ocean Blvd. intersection.

A salvage company tug from Charleston is expected to arrive late Wednesday to try and pull the Bald Eagle II back out to sea and then tow it to Hampton for repairs.

The F/V Bald Eagle II sits on the edge of the surf on Dec. 13, 2021. [Jennifer Thompson photo]