Two small boats, which were maneuvering too close to the shore, ran aground on the north beaches yesterday afternoon.
Captain William Fisher and members of the St. Joseph coast guard crew floated one of them and were attempting to float the other.
A half dozen members of Ship 10 (Fair Plain) Sea Scouts took a soaking on their first long trip of the 1940 season. They were en route north on a short cruise in their whale boat, which is equipped with sails, when a couple of breakers filled their boat and they beached it about four miles north of the harbor entrance in a heavy fog.
Almost at the same time the gasoline fish tug Frieda, of St. Joseph, went aground at the Edgewater Yacht club property, a half mile north of the harbor entrance.
Bernard Tahaney and Maitland Linstead, who were aboard the tug, said a high wave broke over the middle of the boat as they were lifting perch nets a short distance off shore. The breaker broke right over the engine, and the motor went dead. Before the spark plugs could be dried, and the engine started, the tug hit a sand bar a short distance from shore and was later washed up on the beach.
Captain Fisher and his coast guard crew used their power life boat in an attempt to release the tug, but because of the seas and the fact that they did not wasnt to tear the boat to pieces rescue efforts were delayed until today. The tug was still fast aground early this afternoon.