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Charter boat gets stuck on sandbar in Seabrook

Union Leader Correspondent

September 09. 2018 9:38PM
The 42-foot Miss Ava Lee was stuck in Seabrook Saturday. (COURTESY)

SEABROOK — Captain Bob’s Lobster Tours and Fishing Charters had to cancel an outing Saturday when the 42-foot Miss Ava Lee got stuck on a sandbar.

Capt. Jeanne Bailey said Capt. Bob Tonkin was expected to be stranded for at least six hours as the tide came in. He kept himself busy by cleaning the bottom of the vessel.

Sand shoaling in Hampton Harbor has been causing serious issues for those who navigate the waters for work and recreation. The area was last dredged in 2012 and the channel is currently only 20 feet wide in some places.

There has been federal legislation filed to get both Hampton Harbor and Portsmouth Harbor dredged, but until then, Bailey is hoping for better markers in Seabrook.

“They could at least get out there and mark it,” Bailey said.

Bailey said she and other family members have had issues with shoaling near where they moor their personal boats on the Hampton side of the harbor.

Saturday’s incident was more than an inconvenience; it cost the tour company business.

“We run one of the biggest charter tours in Hampton,” Bailey said.

This is not the first time this season a boat has gotten stuck in the harbor. On June 15, lobsterman Joe Tirone’s boat, the Miss Alison, was hung up on a sandbar for four hours.

Federal officials say the soonest work can start on dredging in Hampton Harbor is 2019.

Those who work on the water in Rye said that harbor is also in desperate need of dredging. A meeting to discuss the process is planned Monday at 7 p.m. at Rye Town Hall.

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