By Susan H Steger
June 11, 2021


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News4Jax  reported 3 shrimpers were rescued in the waters off Fernandina Beach by local charter boat Captain Alan Mills of A C Charters after a North Carolina shrimp boat hit the Fort Clinch jetties. According to Reporter Marilyn Parker, Mills said “He stops 10 to 12 boats a year from hitting the jetties.”

St Marys Earthkeepers said contractors from the Coast Guard were removing hundreds of gallons of fuel leaked from the vessel.


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1 year ago

Thank you Capt. Alan for your rescue efforts. I know the crew was very grateful and it is a charter your customers will remember for the rest of their lives. When I first saw this I immediately knew that it had to be an “out of town” shrimper that wasn’t familiar with the jetties. I just hope they had insurance. Not the first time and I’m sure it won’t be the last although I don’t understand why the Coast Guard or responsible agency doesn’t put up some warning markers. I understand that the jetties are clearly shown on the navigation charts, but a secondary warning method would be beneficial and may result in lives being saved.

John Goshco
John Goshco
1 year ago

I’ve seen the south jetty from the land, but never from the ocean. It seems to be quite visible in normal weather. I’ve also seen other jetties where boats could fish quite close with no apparent concern.

Is this jetty submerged at high tide? Was the accident at night? Are there a lot of rocks on the sea floor that extend far from the visible portion of this jetty? Just curious as to what makes this jetty dangerous.

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