A North Carolina man on a 46-foot sailboat missed his turn Tuesday night and ran aground on Hilton Head Island's Folly Field Beach, according to authorities.
About 10:15 p.m., the 65-year-old man shot an emergency flare. Beaufort County sheriff's deputies found the Blue Man Too about 75 yards offshore in four to five feet of water.
The deputies waded out and found the man, who said he had been looking for Palmetto Bay Marina and had not realized he was so close to shore. No one was injured, their report said.
The man was taken ashore and called Sea Tow of Savannah, whose owner, Jim Givens, said conditions prevented crews from pulling the vessel free.
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It's just too big a boat in too shallow water," said Givens, who worked until 2 a.m. to try to dislodge the boat. "I think he missed Port Royal Sound. It was very rough out, and he was trying to find safe harbor."
Sea Tow crews gave it another shot Wednesday and were able to tow the boat away at 8:45 p.m. about an hour away from high tide, Givens said.