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Old 11-10-2020, 07:31 AM
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Default Overturned stepped hull triple engine Beaufort inlet NC. Active search

There was an overturned stepped hull triple engine boat found overturned this morning at Beaufort inlet NC. Search active. Be on the look out if you are out there. Inlet was said to be rough. Incident time unknown. 🙏

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11-12-2020, 02:00 PM
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Originally Posted by KLuck View Post
Not to derail this thread, but what caused your capsize Clarkspoon?
After MUCH hindsight, the usual culprits - faulty boat design, couple mechanical failures, bad weather forecast, stupidity (ours), all came together just right. Three of us were king fishing off of the Dredge Wreck out of Carolina Beach.
Forecast was common for summer - 10-15 mph, 1'-3', but waves built to head high and cresting. Boat was a 20' Sea Ox with open transom, so with rough seas we had water on deck all day (not too unusual for us). The steering cable/wiring were routed below the console through a 6" flush access fitting so during the day the waves repeatedly washed under the console, and we believe water fell through the flush deck access and gradually filled the bilge spaces. Bilge pump was inop when the boat was recovered (3 days later off of Morehead) so the bilge did not get cleared and we lost flotation. Weather kept going south (pun intended) and we turned downsea to recover the downrigger balls and head back in. Motor quit, no restart, don't know why but guessing salt water over the battery? I grabbed the 6 gal tank to start the 15 hp backup motor, wave over the transom hit hit me in the knees. Just had time for one "mayday, mayday at the Dredge wreck" and we rolled. Maybe 20-30 seconds from when the motor quit. Brother dove under the boat and found one PFD, rest were trapped under boat or had floated off. I stood on the bow rail holding the lifting eye, the other 2 held onto me.

Turns out USCG heard the mayday and responded. We did not answer, antenna was pointing the wrong way by then. They chalked it up to a false alarm (you may find I'm funny about false VHF reports or people tying up Ch 16 with radio checks). A 30' SeaRay Foolish Pleasure heard the mayday and happened to have a RDF - they pulled their lines, ran down their bearing a few miles and found us. They positioned upsea of the hull and picked up up the other 2 guys. When it was my turn, I swam behind their boat but the seas were pushing the two boats together so they hit their motors to avoid a collision - motor wash picked me up and threw me over the capsized hull. They came around and picked me up, brought us in to USCG at Masonboro. Try explaining that situation to a wife with a newborn and a 2 year old. All I can say is somebody was looking our for fools that day. Never did get to properly thank the Foolish Pleasure either.

Lessons (my stupidity): I don't go offshore in a boat with no transom. Bilge pumps and engines quit in awkward moments. I'm conservative on weather, and when it kicks up, I go inside. I try not to overload a boat (did I mention the 55 gallon drum we had on deck as a home-made bait well?). I wear an inflatable PFD when fishing alone, have a PLB, and a life raft. My DSC and MMSI are hooked up on my VHF. I don't go offshore in a boat with no transom.

Sorry you asked???

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Wow....prayers.
Old 11-10-2020, 08:09 AM
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Are seas that rough today? NOAA says yes Windy has far less...though the inlet and a quick mistake is a total different story. Pray they are safe.
Old 11-10-2020, 08:20 AM
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Dam, that’s a big boat to turtle. Any CG reports? I would think epirb would be triggered if on board
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Is that a powerpole sticking up?
Old 11-10-2020, 09:50 AM
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I know the Charter Captain who stumbled upon it while exiting Beaufort this morning. I think he was second on scene. From his facebook posts there is a huge search party but as of now no survivors have been found
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any chance this is the boat related to the conch 47 that sunk last week down south, or was that boat recovered.
Conch 47 water intrusion?, crew rescued during King of the Beach
Old 11-10-2020, 10:10 AM
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Originally Posted by amofgreenville View Post
any chance this is the boat related to the conch 47 that sunk last week down south, or was that boat recovered.
Conch 47 water intrusion?, crew rescued during King of the Beach
47 Conch is not stepped. Hope these guys are found
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My buddy found the boat, myself and another Cape.Cod guy were right behind him.

This is what I saw

We cleared the inlet around 0730, 4-5' swell running in against the outgoing current. Waves in the channel were steep and T top high on my boat.

Capt Peter Fallon was out ahead of me and located the overturned hull in the bouy chain and called the USCG.

Chris Gonyer and I started searching the area while Peter waited for CG.

Sea tow, Tow Boat and multiple CG on scene.

Helo on scene

They had divers en route to check the hull.

We hunted for 2 hrs for people in the water with no luck.

Boat was a mid 30' step hull with triples ,
Bottom was black,, not sure if it was paint or if the entire hull was black. We kept a safe distance in the big swells.

USCG Helo and a 47' were running a search pattern when we finally left.

Around 1130-12 Tow boat had it under long stern tow headed into the inlet still upside-down.

Those are all the facts I have

My HUNCH is the boat caught a bad wave coming out the inlet early when the current was really kicking. Maybe stuffed it or took a bad wave. There is no intel to prove that, just my guess based on the situation.

I'm praying the crew (if there is one and it wasn't somehow adrift empty) is OK.

I have a sick feeling in my gut that this won't have a positive outcome.

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Stay safe Terry. Prayers that they are found safe.
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News report said they were looking for 2 people.

Updated because of the new information posted below.

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WITN saying 35' scout "strike zone" with 2 people on board
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That’s terrible, we’ve had a prolonged E,SE, and S wind the past few days which pushes a pretty strong swell. With the falling tide, it produces standing waves in the inlet that don’t really move, almost like a wall of water with no back. just like the one that got the boat in the Big Rock. Bad situation, no mayday went out it obviously happened fast, probably came off a wave plowed into the next deep and instantly filled the boat and it turtled. Hope I’m wrong
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Originally Posted by westco View Post
That’s terrible, we’ve had a prolonged E,SE, and S wind the past few days which pushes a pretty strong swell. With the falling tide, it produces standing waves in the inlet that don’t really move, almost like a wall of water with no back. just like the one that got the boat in the Big Rock. Bad situation, no mayday went out it obviously happened fast, probably came off a wave plowed into the next deep and instantly filled the boat and it turtled. Hope I’m wrong
Sadly from what conditions i saw i think youre likely correct
Old 11-10-2020, 11:23 AM
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Prayers for all involved. I hope that the occupants are found alive and well somewhere.
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Damn...
Old 11-10-2020, 11:29 AM
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Originally Posted by amofgreenville View Post
WITN saying 35' scout "strike zone" with 2 people on board
Can't say I've ever seen the boat around MHC. When I saw mid 30s with white trips I immediately thought of the KMT community as that describes about half of them. Hoping for a good outcome but this long with no rescue is normally not good.
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Originally Posted by AB1620 View Post
Can't say I've ever seen the boat around MHC. When I saw mid 30s with white trips I immediately thought of the KMT community as that describes about half of them. Hoping for a good outcome but this long with no rescue is normally not good.
Boat stays on the pine knoll shores side of the sound right past hoop hole, not sure where the white yamahas is coming from. Boat has trip black 300 v8 verados.
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https://www.witn.com/2020/11/10/boat...erson-missing/
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Originally Posted by c.holcomb4492 View Post
Boat stays on the pine knoll shores side of the sound right past hoop hole, not sure where the white yamahas is coming from. Boat has trip black 300 v8 verados.
Makes sense. Lowers were light colored, was all we could see. Verados lowers are light gray.

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