A rocky Easter, as boat meets jetties off Shell Island

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By: News

Panama City Beach -- It must have been a rocky Easter for one boater, whose boat was spotted washing up against the jetties on the Shell Island side of the St. Andrews pass leading to Port Panama City.

Coast Guard officials say they're aware of the situation, and were still working to free the boat on Monday morning. Other than that, they say the investigation is ongoing, and would not release further details.

Workers with Sea Tow, a marine assistance organization, say they were alerted of the wrecked boat on Saturday, but the boat owner refused their service, opting to try to free the boat himself, unsuccessfully, on Sunday.

While few details are known so far about the unlucky boater (please feel free to leave a comment if you know what happened!), the single outboard engine powered center-console boat may have broken free from its anchor in moderately choppy conditions Easter Sunday. A passing boat captain snapped this shot with his camera phone and sent it to us, showing the boat washing against the jetties, as boat debris can be seen higher up on the rocks. In close up views of the photo, you can see that a large chunk is missing from the boat's port side.

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