NEWPORT BEACH -- A 37-foot rented sailboat that ran aground at 17th
Street on Sunday returned to sea early Monday as a high tide approached.
A salvage company helped refloat the stranded boat, which became stuck
at 3:48 p.m. Sunday, said Newport Beach lifeguard officials.
"High tide was supposed to be at 4:27 a.m. [Monday]," Lifeguard Lt.
Boyd Mickley said. "But they were able to get enough lift shortly after 3
a.m. to pull it back to sea."
Shortly before the boat became stuck in the shore's sand in an area
that was less than 6 1/2 feet deep Sunday, the lifeguards watched as the
three-member crew tried to unfurl the sail, Mickley said.
"They were paying more attention to the sail, weren't watching and got
kind of close to the shore," he said. "The keel began to drag on the
bottom, and the boat got stuck."
The Orange County Sheriff's Department harbor patrol and lifeguard
crews arrived at the scene within minutes to help the boaters, anchored
the boat and turned its bow toward the open sea to prepare for Monday's
No one was injured, and there was no major damage to the boat, Mickley
The boat was rented from the Marina Sailing Club, harbor patrol
Mickley said it's not common for boats to run ashore.
"I've worked here 19 years, and I remember only a handful," he said.
"It's just an accident that happens at various spots for different