Charter boat nearly capsized crossing Oregon Inlet ocean bar

By on September 16, 2017

Synergy has washed ashore. (National Park Service)

Five people escaped after their charter boat rolled over while crossing the Oregon Inlet ocean bar Saturday evening.

The Synergy, a 54-foot charter based at Pirates Cove, was returning to the inlet when it turned sideways, or broached, while coming down a wave and filled with water.

The boat nearly capsized but stayed afloat, according to multiple sources.


Three people were in the salon when the incident happened around 5:30 p.m. and were trapped after the hatch slammed shut. They were able to escape through a side window.

After abandoning ship, the passengers and crew were rescued by a Coast Guard boat crew from Station Oregon Inlet. Two people were injured, according to sources.

One woman was flown to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, according to a Coast Guard spokesperson, and injuries were non-life threatening.

The Synergy washed ashore before sunset on the north shore of Oregon Inlet, salvage efforts were ongoing through the night and a towing service was dispatched to refloat the vessel.



  • T.W. Mangrove

    Still there Monday morning, but a nice save of those aboard by the Coast Guard.

    Monday, Sep 18 @ 12:21 pm
  • LPS

    Have they gotten this off of the beach? Is it repairable?

    Friday, Sep 22 @ 10:52 am
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