I know the guy you runs SeaTow here and he was out there during the rescue
. These pix he took show the 35-40kt. conditions in the inlet.
This is NOT a sailboat inlet in calm weather
and currents and shoaling are constant and it requires local knowledge normally.
The story is:
This is a well built Shannon Ketch
that was headed from NY to the Bahamas/Florida offshore
around Cape Hatteras. The boats props got caught in some line or nets and stopped the engine
and they decided to come in the inlet under sail and were hard aground quickly. The depths were such that the CG boat could not get to them and a heli was called in to lift
them off. You can see they guy on deck
trying to bring the basket down.
Fortunately all were saved and even more fortunately the boat is OK. The next morning with the rising tide she was lifted off and floated clear and was easily towed into Wanchese at the south end of Roanoke Island where she sits on the hard
today with little damage. Apparently, the owners want no more of sailing and will be putting her up for sale
Thanks to Capt. Stuart Wescott for the pix!