CAPE CORAL, Fla. - A beached boat is causing quite a scene in Cape Coral. It has been sitting on its side all day after running aground in the Caloosahatchee Thursday morning.
You could say this boat is stuck between a rock and a hard place. "We were heading up to Punta Gorda to take it up to his house, we got off the channel a little bit,' said passenger Ken Hank.
These three men including the boats owner ran aground outside Jaycee Park, minutes after they picked it up to take it home! The force of the rock pushed the newly-purchased 40 foot vessel onto its side, as they called for help. "We were sitting, hanging on, 45 minutes to an hour," Hank said.
The Cape Coral Fire department responded and sent at least one diver into the water. "I had a bigger boat before but I'm not familiar with this channel here you know, so hopefully everything will turn out fine," said owner Horst Huelsemann.
The sight attracted a sea of onlookers.
For hours, Tow Boat U.S. worked to stabilize the vessel as they waited for high tide to help lift it off the rock. Captain Richard Paul says, luckily, the rocks didn't gouge a hole in it, and the only water it took on was from some vents on the side.
"There is no breach, there's no fuel or oil leaking out, so right now she's alright. The key is to make sure as the tide comes in she doesn't go anywhere," said Capt. Paul.
As for the three men, they're doing ok, and tell WINK News "The only thing hurt so far is our pride!"
Boaters tell WINK News the channel can be difficult to navigate, and the water is only 6 to 8 feet during low tide. On the sides, the water is only 1 - 2 feet deep and very rocky.