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Two ENC boaters feel Ian's wrath

City of New Bern Fire-Rescue pulled a boater whose anchor line snapped during Tropical Storm Ian on Friday, pushing it into the Neuse River Bridge.

Officials said the boater wasn’t hurt and the boat owner is safe & dry.

They added that t’s not recommended to try to ride out a tropical storm on a watercraft.

Photo credit: Craven County Emergency Management.

An unoccupied 30-foot catamaran named the Katalyst grounded Friday afternoon near the north end of Oregon Inlet.

Officials with the Cape Hatteras National Seashore said several passengers were rescued by the U.S. Coast Guard before the boat beached.

They are asking people to stay away from the area until the boat can be removed.

Photo credit: Cape Hatteras National Seashore

Annette is originally a Midwest gal, born and raised in Michigan, but with career stops in many surrounding states, the Pacific Northwest, and various parts of the southeast. She has been involved in the media industry in eastern North Carolina for more than three years. An award-winning journalist and mother of four, Annette moved to ENC to be closer to family – in particular, her two young grandchildren. It’s possible that a -27 day with a -68 windchill in Minnesota may have also played a role in that decision. In her spare time, Annette does a lot of toddler and baby cuddling, reading, designing costumes for children’s theater and producing the coolest Halloween costumes anyone has ever seen. She has also worked as a diversity and inclusion facilitator serving school districts and large corporations. It’s the people that make this beautiful area special, and she wants to share those stories that touch the hearts of others. If you have a story idea to share, please reach out by email to