October 16, 2018 – ORMOND BEACH — A 77-foot commercial shrimping boat out of Key West ran aground on Ormond Beach, giving beachgoers a close-up gaze at the 150-ton vessel Tuesday morning as the U.S. Coast Guard worked to get it pulled back out of the sand.
The boat named the AMG was reported taking on water and aground just north of the Cardinal Drive beach approach about 8:23 p.m. Monday, according to the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office. It was believed to be a shrimping boat.
A picture showed what appeared to be an outrigger possibly propping the boat up so that it would not fall over.
A tug crew from Jacksonville has been contacted to come free the boat.
There were no reports of injuries among the crew, said U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer 3rd Class Ryan Dickinson on Tuesday morning.
“Not that I’m aware of,” he said.
He said the Coast Guard has a team at the site to check for any possible pollution coming from the grounded boat, but none has been reported so far.
Passers-by glanced at the boat sitting in the surf Tuesday at low tide. The second-high tide of the day is 6:24 p.m. But Dickinson said there is no timeline for removing the boat and it may need to be towed off the beach.
He did not know what caused the boat to run aground and he added that he was not aware of any rough seas last night.
The Coast Guard has contacted the boat’s crew, he said. But Dickinson said he did not have the name of the owner.
The AMG is registered in Coast Guard records as a commercial fishing vessel owned by Son Hung Dang of Biloxi, Mississippi. The steel-hulled boat was built in 1987 and its home port is Key West.