Perdido Pass boat finally removed from jetties

Baldwin County

A 40-foot pleasure boat that crashed into the jetties at Perdido Pass two weeks ago became somewhat of a curiosity to beachgoers and more of a nuisance for city leaders.

For more than two weeks it sat there but it only took a couple hours to take it away.

Walter Marine contracted by the city of Orange Beach to remove the boat to the tune of 47 thousand dollars. Using a barge, a crane, an excavator and almost a dozen men including a diver to maneuver two huge straps around the boat, dislodging it from the jetties and eventually lifting it onto the barge.

Dozens of beachgoers watched the show from shore. Once in the air, the damage to the bottom of the boat clearly evident.

For two weeks and two days the boat teetered back and forth on the jetties after owner Stephen Craig Hallum crashed in the wee hours of the morning on June 13th, he was arrested for public intoxication.

Hallum will get a hefty bill from the city in hopes of recouping some of the costs.

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