On December 7, the fishing vessel Bald Eagle II ran aground off Southern Shores, North Carolina. The vessel had dropped anchor when rough seas caused the vessel to drift ashore. The crew requested assistance and the Coast Guard dispatched a helicopter from Elizabeth City and a vessel from Oregon Inlet to the scene. The helicopter arrived on scene first and was able to rescue all 4 crew off the vessel to safety. No reports of injuries.
The Bald Eagle II remained aground for several days until it was refloated on December 15. The tug John Joseph was able to pull the fishing vessel free with the assistance of a backhoe which cleared out sand away from the hull. No reports of pollution released.
On December 9, the 88 foot long fishing vessel Sea Angels ran aground in Browns Inlet, North Carolina. The fishing vessel had suffered mechanical failure and went adrift. The crew sent out a distress call requesting assistance from the Coast Guard. The Coast Guard dispatched a 45-foot response boat along with a MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter to the scene and hoisted all four crewmen to safety off the Sea Angels. No reports of injuries.
Authorities state the Sea Angels went ashore in an area used by the United States Marine Corps for live-fire training. Since the 1940s, Browns Inlet has been prohibited due to the presence of unexploded ordnance scattered on the seafloor making salvage extremely dangerous.
Reports state the owners of the Sea Angels has hired a contractor to remove fuel off the fishing vessel. Authorities estimate 15,000 gallons of diesel fuel needs to be removed off the Sea Angels.
The 199 meter long, 63046 dwt bulk carrier Sarocha Naree ran aground off Bald Head Island, Cape Fear River, North Carolina. The Sarocha Naree had departed from Wilmington heading out to sea when it grounded in the estuary at low tide. Two tugs were dispatched and were able to refloat the Sarocha Naree on the rising tide. The bulk carrier proceeded to a nearby anchorage for surveys. No reports of injuries, damage or pollution released.