ATLANTIC BEACH, Fla.
The Coast Guard assisted two boaters following an accident in which their sailboat struck the jetty at the mouth of the St. Johns River off Atlantic Beach.
The sailors had been underway for about 24-hours on the Secret Passion when they tried to avoid a freighter in the shipping channel. Their sailboat became pinned between the ship and the jetty, eventually striking the rocks, according a Coast Guard news release.
Response boat Small from Coast Guard Station Mayport responded around 4:40 Monday morning. The Coast Guardsmen had the sailors anchor the Secret Passion while they waited for commercial salvage to arrive and tow the boat to Sadler Point Marine Center in Jacksonville.
The Coast Guard has asked First Coast News to remind boaters of the importance of remaining alert and aware of their surroundings at all times while operating any type of vessel, especially during times of darkness and limited visibility.
Boaters who are unfamiliar with the areas in which they will be operating should also take time to study those areas before arriving and refer to nautical charts for navigational guidance while underway.