Owner of tower rides out Hurricane Matthew in middle of ocean


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The Frying Pan Tower is a Coast Guard Light Station located 34 miles off the coast of North Carolina that is being restored with the assistance of people like you! 

The Frying Pan Tower is located out of sight of land in 50 ft. of clear blue Atlantic waters (lat & lon  33°29′N 77°35′W) With the Gulf Stream close by, we often are pleasantly warm when it's still cold onshore and mild when it's too hot to walk on the sand at the beach so don’t let a great weekend go to waste, come be part of history!

This photo provided by Jacob Jordan shows Frying Pan Tower. A North Carolina man and hisfiancee are riding out Hurricane Matthew on top of the old Coast Guard light station more than 30 miles off the Atlantic coast. Richard Neal is the owner of Frying Pan Tower, a platform that is about 100 or so feet above the ocean, only reachable by helicopter or boat. While the 360-degree views of sunsets and sunrises are amazing, there's no land in sight.

ON THE ATLANTIC OCEAN, N.C. (AP) Talk about braving the storm.

A North Carolina man and his fiancee are riding out Hurricane Matthew on top of an old Coast Guard light station more than 30 miles off the Atlantic coast.

Richard Neal is the owner of Frying Pan Tower, a platform that is about 100 or so feet above the ocean, only reachable by helicopter or boat. While the 360-degree views of sunsets and sunrises are amazing, there's no land in sight.

Neal purchased the light station from the government after the Coast Guard abandoned it 2004, saying GPS and radar made the light station obsolete for ships navigating the shallow Frying Pan Shoals.

Neal rents the tower out as a vacation home, touting the mild weather and good fishing in the Gulf Stream below.

"I can honestly say that this is a solid old beast," Neal said of the light station during a brief phone interview with The Associated Press on Saturday as the center of the storm turned toward him.

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