Published On: Dec 16 2012 03:16:37 PM ESTUpdated On: Dec 17 2012 02:39:54 PM EST
Beach goers were surprised to find a vessel stranded on Vilano Beach on Sunday morning.
The 64-foot yacht, Rays the Bar, was traveling from Boston to Fort Lauderdale when the vessel hit bottom near St. Augustine Inlet during heavy seas and fog Saturday night.
The captain anchored the vessel and called for assistance, but for unknown reasons the anchor broke free, sending the yacht onto shore at Vilano Beach.
Coast Guard responders determined that the vessel was not leaking any fuel. The Coast Guard pumped about 450 gallons of fuel out of the boat.
Fire and rescue crews from St. Johns County were at the beach when the vessel come on shore. The captain and her daughter were taken to a local hospital and released.
The vessel could not be towed until Monday's high tide because of rough seas on Sunday. The Coast Guard asked spectators and beachgoers to stay clear of the vessel until it is removed for safety concerns.