A rocky Easter, as boat meets jetties off Shell Island

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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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  • by Random 2 Location: Panama City, FL on Apr 27, 2011 at 01:35 PM
    Sea Tow wanted $5,000 for the first attempt to get the boat off the rocks. If that didn't work, they wanted $10,000 for the second attempt. The captain's anchor line got caught up in the prop and the prop cut it. It was a rough day and the boat was quickly deposited on the rocks.
  • by cc on Apr 25, 2011 at 06:57 PM
    poor fella he had a bad day i am sure he didnt need no assistant at the moment
  • by Nick Location: Paradise on Apr 25, 2011 at 01:46 PM
    I too saw the boat on Saturday afternoon, but it was not missing half of the port side. It was partially filled with water and getting hammered by the surf, but was not moving any. I suspect that the unrelenting waves are the cause of the big hole.
  • by Lee Location: PCB on Apr 25, 2011 at 12:16 PM
    This is a better picture. http://dl.dropbox.com/u/2954413/222192_212503552110879_100000537067157_783347_5855119_n.jpg
  • by Doug Location: Panama city beach on Apr 25, 2011 at 11:24 AM
    I seen it on Saturday around 2pm.....my son took a picture of it as well. There was nobody around, I was wondering what happened.
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