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Big Earl freed from Holden Beach shoreline Thursday

Holden Beach — A week after washing ashore, Big Earl made its way back out to sea Thursday.

Capt. Virgil Coleman was shrimping from the boat May 10 when winds blew a net into the boat’s propeller and got stuck, causing the boat out to drift to shore.

Michael Staley of Browns Summit, a Holden Beach homeowner who was among those trying to free the boat, shared multiple posts to The Friends of Holden Beach Facebook group Thursday morning giving updates on Big Earl. The boat made it offshore about 11 a.m.

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