A non-commercial sailboat has been stranded on the Dungeness Spit since the evening of Friday, Aug. 28. Photo by Chad Kaiser

A non-commercial sailboat has been stranded on the Dungeness Spit since the evening of Friday, Aug. 28. Photo by Chad Kaiser

Sailboat stranded on Dungeness Spit

Boat ran aground

SEQUIM — Owners of a sailboat that ran aground are working with state and local officials to removed their boat from the Dungeness Spit.

Jennifer Brown-Scott, a Project Leader at the Washington Maritime National Wildlife Refuge Complex, said the boat became stuck at about the 3-mile mark of the spit on the Strait of Juan de Fuca side the evening of Aug. 28.

Initial response was by the Clallam County Sheriff’s Office and the U.S. Coast Guard, Brown Scott said.

“We are in communication with the owners (and) they are working to get the boat removed,” she said. “We do not have an estimated date of removal.”

Chad Kaiser, general manger of the New Dungeness Light Station Association, said his organization was also monitoring the situation.

He said boats getting stranded on the spit is not a common occurrence, happening about once every three years.

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