Orange Beach hopeful beached vessel will be removed Thursday

November 1, 2017
Beached vessel on state shoreline in Orange Beach

On Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017, City of Orange Beach staff, led by the Coastal Resources Division, held a meeting with the representative of a sport-fishing vessel that beached on the state-owned shoreline, behind the Hampton Inn, over the weekend.

Efforts to remove the boat had been unsuccessful up to that point. As of Wednesday afternoon, the vessel’s owner had negotiated a contract with David Walter Marine of Orange Beach to safely remove it from the beach. The city, in coordination with state agencies, approved the scope work and will ensure the beach is returned to its previous condition by the responsible party.

Some of the equipment to aid in the removal of the vessel has been staged at the Gulf State Park’s Cotton Bayou Public Access, which is just east of the beached vessel. Work is expected to begin Thursday morning.

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UPDATE at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017: The boat was pulled off of the beach about 10:45 a.m. to cheers from a large crowd on the shoreline. Kudos to Walter Marine.