Fuel to be pumped from yacht aground on Ocracoke, bigger tugs are on the way today

The Vivens Auqa is now facing its bow offshore as attempts to tow it into the ocean continue. [NPS photo]

The latest victim from Cemetery of the Atlantic still sits on the beach near the southern tip of Ocracoke as efforts to free the 55ft motor yacht continue.

The National Park Service said Friday that the US Coast Guard will oversee the removal of fuel oil from the Vivens Aqua in the coming days, hoping to make it lighter and easier to tow.

Cape Hatteras National Seashore will work with U.S. Coast Guard Sector North Carolina and the shipowner to consider the most appropriate disposal methods after the fuel oil is disposed of, according to a news release.

Meanwhile, TowBoatUS crews in Morehead City have been trying unsuccessfully since Wednesday to remove the boat owned by a Baltimore couple from the beach.

The company sent several larger boats to try to free the yacht with the high tide this afternoon.

The Ocracoke Observer reported Scott and Karen Pumphrey were en route from Florida to Maryland after buying the yacht earlier this month when they ran aground early on Tuesday. Scott has remained on the ship ever since.

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Earnest A. Martinez