By Larry Persily
Wrangell Sentinel 

'Scary at first,' but boating accident ends with only bent prop


Courtesy of Scott Brown

The Shawna Lea spent much of July 12 high and dry on the rocks in Circle Bay just offshore Woronkofski Island. After the boat was refloated at high tide and brought to town, the only reported damage was a bent prop.

"It could have been a whole lot worse," Scott Brown said of running his 27-foot Tollycraft on to a rock in Circle Bay on the south side of Woronkofski Island last week.

No one was hurt, the boat didn't take on water, and the only damage was a bent prop, Brown said July 12, the day after the mishap.

Brown was piloting the boat, the Shawna Lea, named for his wife, around the southwest corner of Hat Island in the bay, "not paying attention to the depth," he said.

It was about 10 a.m. July 11, soon after high tide. "The tide had pushed me in toward the island," he said, when he hit a rock. The boa...

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