Wind Snaps Boat’s Mooring Lines, Causes it to Run Aground

posted: May 4th, 2013 03:19 pm | 0No Comments

The Orange County Sheriff’s Department’s Harbor Patrol pulled a boat off some rocks at Carnation Cove about 11 a.m. today after high wind cause the boat’s mooring lines to snap.

Winds were more than 30 mph at the time, said Sgt. John Hollenbeck in an email.

“Two of our fireboats responded Code 3 (full lights/siren), and one of our deputies jumped onboard,” Hollenbeck said. “He attached towing lines from the sailboat to the two fireboats, which were able to pull it off the rocks.”

The boat was unoccupied, he said. Crews towed it to the Harbor Patrol station, and officials contacted the owner to retrieve the boat and check for damage. No damage was apparent immediately, Hollenbeck said, but a careful examination should be performed.

Photo courtesy of the OCSD’s Harbor Patrol.

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