MARCO ISLAND — A fishing trip took a bad turn early Monday evening, when a 21-foot boat lost power, became a victim of rough seas, and eventually wound up on Hideaway Beach. A good Samaritan made several attempts to pull the boat off the shore and almost suffered the same fate. As of Wednesday, the boat remained wedged in the trees, awaiting calmer seas and a visit from SeaTow.
Monday evening, April 6, Marco was experiencing steady 25 mile per hour winds with gusts in the 50 mile per hour range at Hideaway Beach.
The wrecked boat owner's son, who spoke English, said they were tied up just off the beach when their battery went dead and couldn't start the motor.
They left the boat to get a new battery and when they got back, the boat had been overturned and beached. It was virtually full of sand.
They were digging it out, there was debris strewn up and down the beach. The guy in the hull was not happy that I took some pictures, couldn't understand him but it was pretty obvious he didn't want me around. The motor had twisted off the boat but appeared to probably be okay - rest of the boat looked pretty bad. At the time these photos were taken, we were at the low point of low tide, imagine what happened when high tide returned.
"What in the world were they doing out there at night in a severe storm is beyond me," Warren Koeller said.