Submerged Hazard Found In Inlet
Shawn J. Soper
OCEAN CITY — The Coast Guard on Tuesday is warning local mariners of a submerged hazard along the south jetty in the Inlet that has damaged at least one vessel.
Sometime on Monday, a portion of a large tree or log appeared along the south jetty in the Inlet, creating a navigation hazard in the channel. According to a witness, at least one vessel was damaged on Monday after striking the submerged obstruction.
Coast Guard Station Ocean City is aware of the potential hazard and has put out a notice to mariners on various marine radio frequencies including Channel 16. It is uncertain just what the obstruction is at this point, but according to a Coast Guard official, it appears to be large log or portion of a tree.
One thing is certain, the submerged obstruction to navigation must be substantial because it hasn’t budged in multiple high tide cycles in the swiftly moving current in the Inlet since it first appeared sometime on Monday. Coast Guard officials said on Tuesday they are currently advising mariners of the potential danger and are making preparations to remove it although it was uncertain just what it is, how big it is and how best to remove it.