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An oil tanker running aground off Southport, North Carolina

by Peter Janssen on 11 Nov 2017
Mechanical problems caused a ship to run aground in the Cape Fear River. The State Port Pilot
I think it's safe to say that most of us (all of us?) who've cruised on the ICW have run aground at some point. Running aground in a recreational boat is one thing. Running aground in an oil tanker is another.

This video, taken from a backyard home security camera in Southport, North Carolina, shows the MT Swan Biscay, flagged in the Marshall Islands, running aground in the Cape Fear River. Not only does the ship hit the bottom, but it also keeps going, spinning around, throwing considerable fear into the captain of the small fishing boat who scrambles to get out of the way.

The Coast Guard says the crew blames the grounding on a propulsion problem. The Swan Biscay has been refloated and no injuries were reported. See it all unfold in the video below:

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