NPS offers a ‘thank you’ for help cleaning up shipwreck debris

An estimated 70 volunteers turned out on the beach in Frisco Tuesday morning to help clean up the debris from the wreck of the Big John.

Three crewmen survived when the shrimp trawler out of Wanchese ran aground early Monday in stormy weather. The ship broke apart, leaving debris scattered along more than a mile of shoreline.

Along with National Park Service crews, the volunteers cleared the area between ramps 48 and 49.

“We are grateful to be surrounded by caring community members, organizations and visitors,” officials with Cape Hatteras National Seashore said in a Facebook post.

The volunteers were joined by  the National Park Service, the Coast Guard, Hatteras Island Rescue Squad, and Hatteras Fire Department. Dare County supplied dumpsters to remove debris.

“Thanks to their efforts, the beach between off-road vehicle ramps 48 and 49 has been reopened,” the NPS said.

Debris is still washing up from Buxton to Hatteras.

What’s left of the wreck will eventually be removed from the beach after a Coast Guard inspection to determine if any fuel or hazardous materials remain onboard.

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