Photography

The Ghost Sailboat


Captain, Ready to Tack...Captain?

A bit of a change of pace from Texas (we’ll get back to that). This was shot at Redondo Beach, California. I was doing my usual crawling around underneath the pier looking for some kelpy barnacles and other marine creatures to photograph when I noticed that this sailboat was strangely heading for the beach and the breakers. Being a Sailor myself, I was expecting the Captain to tack (turn) at any minute but she kept coming and hard! The boat ran ashore and was tossed around in the surf, turned sideways and almost knocked over. Very soon afterwards, a Coast Guard ship showed up, Police arrived, and this LA County Life Guard as well.

A rescue team rushed into the water to assist the stranded Captain and Crew…but there was none to be found. Had they been knocked overboard further out at sea? Been abducted by Mexican Pirates? Very mysterious indeed.

Here you can see the Coast Guard ship with a secured tow line, dragging the unmanned sailboat to safe harbor. It was accompanied by a Coast Guard chopper and several other ships. Still makes me wonder what the story was behind this grounding of The Ghost Sailboat.

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2 responses

  1. I’ve got goosebumps here this morning, a real mystery indeed!!! Great shot Erik, you’ve really really captured the moment very well here. Fabulous capture my friend.

    July 11, 2011 at 11:15 am

  2. Great story Erik, most strange indeed

    July 12, 2011 at 12:57 am

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