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Shrimp Trawler Washes Ashore Near Frisco

Large debris field between ORV ramps 48 and 49. Photo: NPS

CAPE HATTERAS NATIONAL SEASHORE — Because of a large debris field created by the an overturned shrimp trawler, the beach between off-road vehicle, or ORV, ramps 48 and 49 is temporarily closed, the National Park Service announced.

Once the debris field, which contains nails, wood and other potentially hazardous objects, is cleared, the beach will reopen.

Park rangers were called out at 5:20 a.m. Monday to assist the Coast Guard and Hatteras Island Rescue Squad search near Cape Point for the overturned Big John shrimp trawler of Wanchese.

The destroyed vessel was discovered about a half mile north of Cape Hatteras National Seashore off-road vehicle ramp 49 near Frisco.

The three-person crew of the Big John are alive and were taken to the hospital for medical evaluations. The reason for the accident was not immediately clear.

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