55-foot motor yacht grounds on Ocracoke’s South Beach

The Vivens Aqua on the beach near south end of Ocracoke Island on Jan. 25, 2022. [NPS photo]

A 55-foot motor yacht named the Vivens Aqua has grounded at Cape Hatteras National Seashore near the south end of Ocracoke Island.

The grounding occurred at approximately 1 a.m. Tuesday, according to the yacht’s owner.

The National Park Service is consulting with the U.S. Coast Guard and working with the owner to have the vessel removed from the beach.

Vivens Aqua grounded on South Beach the morning of Jan. 25, 2022. [NPS photo]

The Vivens Aqua is the fourth vessel to wash up on an Outer Banks beach in the last two months.

In early December, the shrimp trawler F/V Bald Eagle II grounded off Southern Shores and a 38-foot sailboat, the Alhambra, came ashore off Avon. Both were eventually towed back to sea.

The trawler F/V Johnathan Ryan was refloated and steamed away several hours after grounding near Ramp 48 off Frisco on November 29.