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43-foot sailboat destroyed by big waves in Newport Beach removed from sea

A 43-foot sailboat that capsized during a big swell that slammed Newport Beach earlier this month was removed Thursday, July 16, from the ocean floor.

While much of the boat shattered on shore when big waves and a high tide hit on July 3, large pieces of the vessel, including the large mast, chains and windows, remained in about 10 feet of water, submerged between the Newport Pier and Balboa Pier.



The work to remove the capsized vessel started about 7 a.m. Thursday and took about two and a half hours, with workers from Tow Boat US and the city pulling what was left to shore.

The night the boat was washed ashore, the people and a dog on board were brought to safely to the beach, officials said at the time.

The swell that weekend was one of the largest in years to hit Southern California, causing flooding on the streets of Balboa Peninsula and 25-foot waves at the Wedge, a world-famous surf break. 

Source: Orange County Register

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