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Sailboat lands on Hampton Bays lawn

Thor Anderson looks at a boat that beached

Thor Anderson looks at a boat that beached itself on his Hampton Bays front lawn, washed in from Shinnecock Bay during Tropical Storm Irene. (Aug. 28, 2011) Photo Credit: Ed Betz

When Thor Anderson woke up Sunday morning, there was a 28-foot sailboat on his front lawn in Hampton Bays.

The only problem: It wasn’t his boat. “It’s about 50 feet away from my side door,” Anderson said.

In the middle of the night, Irene’s winds pushed the sailboat and its anchor from the middle of Shinnecock Bay onto his Montauk Highway property.

Like a lot of people, Anderson didn’t sleep well Saturday night, he said. He said he woke about 2 a.m. and noticed the sailboat’s mast was getting closer.

“The storm came in and the anchor dragged,” Anderson said. “It went up on the beach and dragged across the shrubs.”

The anchor eventually caught on a pine tree, ending the boat’s journey onto the shore.

“It was anchored in a poor spot, for sure,” Anderson said of the boat, which sat toppled on its side. “I’ll just have to talk to my homeowner’s insurance and see what the deal is.”


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