Pandemic could delay removal of grounded ship on Outer Banks

Ocean Pursuit (Photo: Cape Hatteras National Seashore)

NAGS HEAD, NC (The Virginian-Pilot) — The coronavirus pandemic could delay the removal of a 72-foot long fishing vessel that has been grounded for weeks on a beach on North Carolina’s Outer Banks.

The scallop harvesting boat is considered a safety hazard as curious people climb aboard its rusting hull.

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The Virginian-Pilot reported Saturday that removing the abandoned boat could cost more than $60,000.

The boat’s owner is responsible for its removal. But the owner lives in Texas.

Stay-at-home orders have limited travel between states. Visitors are also banned from coming to the Outer Banks.

The ship ran aground during a storm on March 1 near Oregon Inlet.