Ship runs aground near area that could have WWII ordnance

Source: U.S. Coast Guard—Source: U.S. Coast Guard
File photo of an HH-60J Jayhawk Helicopter from U. S. Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City

MOREHEAD CITY — A fishing vessel has run aground along the North Carolina coast near an area that potentially has military ordnance from World War II.

The U.S. Coast Guard said in a statement that the boat named Sea Angels ran aground Monday near Browns Inlet. That’s about 35 miles south of Morehead City.

The Coast Guard said a unified command has been established to oversee the safe removal of the ship. The stranded vessel has an estimated 15,000 gallons of fuel on board, but there have been no reports of pollution hazards to the general public.

The unified command includes members of the Coast Guard, the U.S. Marines and the state. Salvage operations were being arranged.