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Early morning winds from north drive boats ashore

Strong winds uprooted anchors early Friday morning, causing multiple boats to float onto the beach near Grand Traverse Bay.

GRAND TRAVERSE COUNTY, Mich., (WPBN/WGTU) -- Many boaters returned to Grand Traverse Bay Friday morning to find their boats on or near the beach.

Early Friday morning, a strong wind coming from the direct north created heavy waves that uprooted the anchors of many boats in the water.

"You need a stern and a bow anchor, otherwise you will end up on the beach," said Travis Blackhurst, who lives in Traverse City. "People don't really understand how quickly the winds can change on the bays. It can happen in literally a matter of minutes."

At this time, the City of Traverse City has some mooring regulations, but none that prevent this issue. City Clerk Benjamin Marentette doesn't believe that will change any time soon.

"I think at this point in time, we don't have such a high number of incidents that it's caused us to think about taking greater action," he said. "It's really, boaters acting responsibly. It really hasn't risen to a level of great concern at this point. We just want to cooperatively work with everybody to have a good time on the water."

If you plan on mooring in the bay, it's advised to use two anchors and keep at least seven feet of anchor line for every foot of depth in the water.

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