FRISCO, N.C. — National Park Service Rangers, the U.S. Coast Guard, and a Hatteras Island Rescue Squad were searching for an overturned vessel near Cape Point on Monday morning.

Crews were called around 5:20 a.m. to help for a shrimp trawler. Eventually, a shrimp trawler, named Big John from Wanchese, North Carolina, was found broken apart a half mile north of Cape Hatteras National Seashore off-road vehicle (ORV) ramp 49 near Frisco, North Carolina.

The three-person crew was found alive, and they were taken to the hospital for medical evaluations.

There is still an investigation underway to determine what caused the accident.

Big John's debris created a big mess between ORV rams 48 and 49, so the beach is temporarily closed. There's currently nails, wood, and other potentially hazardous objects that need to be cleared before the beach can be reopened.

The National Park Service is looking for volunteers to help with the cleanup. Crews will be out picking trash from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesday. 

If you want to help, you can meet with the cleanup crew at the off-road vehicle ramp 49.

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