A very strong gale from the southwest was blowing at 40 mph that day, causing the G.W. Truitt Jr. to drift onto a sand bar close to shore. All persons on board were rescued by using the breeches buoy, as performed by the Coast Guardsmen of the Ocracoke, Hatters Inlet and Creed's Hill Stations.
The Beaufort reporter could not get in touch with the Ocracoke Station and was furnished a wreck report by Captain H.D. Goodwin of the Fort Macon Station, "... vessel went ashore Monday in a 40 mile an hour gale from the southwest." The Ocracoke Station was the first to observe the vessel in distress. According to Captain Goodwin, "They were saved by the heroic efforts of the coast guardsmen from the Ocracoke, Hatteras Inlet and Creed's Hill stations of the U.S. Coast Guard. The crewmen who were brought ashore in the breeches buoy were: Captain Bennet; W.D. Bennett, mate; George W. Brown, cook; George Liryel, E. Baustod, E.D. Olsen and T. Neilson, seamen.
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