Shrimp boat stuck on beach nice for tourists, not for owner

The shrimp boat stuck on the sand. Photo: John van der Tol ANP/HH

A shrimp boat that has run aground on the beach at Zandvoort is fast becoming a tourist attraction as a crowdfunding campaign is gaining traction to compensate the skipper for lost earnings, Dutch media report.

The campaign, started by the skipper’s daughter Lisette Reker, has so far gathered €30,000 of the €100,000 target. “Every day my father can’t fish for shrimp is a day without income,” she told radio programme Langs de Lijn en Omstreken.

The IJM 22 Black-Jack ran into trouble early last week when ropes became entangled in the ship’s propeller, making navigation impossible. The ship then ran aground between sandbanks and, despite several efforts to free it, has been trapped ever since.

An early effort to free the boat involved removing all the ship’s rigging to make it lighter. To add to the owner’s woes, the pipes and cranes used to attach the nets, which had been stored in IJmuiden, were later stolen.

The ship has become a tourist attraction with people traveling to the resort of Zandvoort to see the sight. “It’s not very nice for the owner but it’s beautiful in this light and with the sea behind it,’ one visitor said.

Another effort to free the boat will get under way on Thursday and can be watched live.

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