Community pitches in to help get shrimp boat back out to sea

Drone shot of Big Earl shrimp boat beached in Holden Beach on May 15, 2018. (Photo: Mark Moore)

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Five days and still no change. Shrimp boat Big Earl has been stuck on Holden Beach since last week is still there.

Captain Virgil Coleman was hoping tonight was the night to get the boat back to sea.

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The tide this morning didn’t help dislodge the boat from the sand as the captain had hoped.

The boat has been beached since Thursday.

Coleman says they have been digging a trench all around the boat Tuesday but was unsuccessful of getting the boat back out during high tide this evening.

Coleman says two local boaters tried to pull him out. One of the straps attached to Big Earl broke while one of the other boats was pulling it out to the ocean.

(Photo: Michael Staley‎)

As the boat started to move on its own, Coleman said the blower in the engine caught on fire. Now, he says this must be fixed.

The crew will try again Wednesday.

He says his next option may be to call the US Coast Guard for assistance.