After running aground in late October and three months of battery from Gulf waves, the 41-foot Morgan Out Island Sailboat surrendered and rested on the ocean floor, a few dozen yards off shore of Destin, Fla.
The vessel's owner, Russ Day, of Massachusetts, had purchased the boat with the intention of sailing it for the next five years. This plan was scuttled when he ran the ship aground, trying to navigate the East Pass at night.
Without enough money to remove the boat by hire, Day had hoped to call to action the members of Destin's fishing fleet to rescue the yacht. A number of attempts were made, but none, obviously, were successful.