CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WECT) - The Coast Guard rescued two men early Tuesday from a 41-foot shrimp boat that turned on to its side in Snows Cut where it meets the Cape Fear River near Carolina Beach.
Authorities said when the vessel, the Allicat, initially ran aground in Snows Cut around 10 p.m. the men on board, ages 25 and 35, decided to wait until higher tide to move the boat. It was at approximately 1:16 a.m. that the boat began to turn over.
According to the Coast Guard, the men were headed to Florida when their shrimp boat ran aground.
One man was in the water while the other called the Coast Guard. Crews from Station Wrightsville Beach responded and pulled him from the water. One man reported leg injuries, the other back injuries and both showed signs of cold weather exposure. They were taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center and were in stable condition.
There were concerns that some of the 150 gallons of diesel fuel on board at the time may have leaked into the water, as there was a report of visible sheen around the boat. The Coast Guard later said they did not find any evidence of a leak.
S-R&R Environmental was hired to remove the fuel and batteries, and workers surrounded the boat with an orange hard boom to stop any leaks from spreading. Once the tide subsided a few hours later, they were able secure the fuel tanks.
"The current is ripping pretty hard through Snow's Cut and we have high tide and it's pretty hard to access the vessel, the tanks inside the vessel," Petty Officer Erin Woods said. "The sensitive marshes up and down Snow's Cut and all along the Outer Banks, we try to keep the oil out of that because it's detrimental to the grasses."
It is unknown what caused the boat to turn over.