From: Lead Slinger
Time: 2:28:18 PM
From News Observer:
“Seems they were looking to break in for the view,” Cape Lookout Public Information Officer B.G. Horvat told McClatchy News. “Yes, they did make it to the top.”
The five suspects “admitted their guilt” and were issued citations rather than being arrested, he said in an email. Nothing was damaged or taken during the break-in, Horvat said. Their names were not released.
“The rangers investigating found that the 8-10 people involved were all from Carteret County and the 5 individuals that actually broke in were all from Down East communities,” the park said in a release.
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It was not explained why the group was so desperate to get to the top of the 161-year-old lighthouse in the middle of the night. But they apparently tried to get in late Sunday, too, and “were chased away” around 10 p.m., park officials said in a release.
The 163-foot-high tower is closed for the season, with only park staff and the U.S. Coast Guard visiting on occasion for maintenance checks, the park said in a release. Cape Lookout National Seashore is on the southern stretch of the Outer Banks, with Cape Hatteras National Seashore just to the north.