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Old 09-29-2004, 09:48 PM
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I went and got some pics today: What a bummer...
I am glad everyone escaped ok...


Crew escapes injury when boat hits jetty


Published in the Asbury Park Press 9/26/04
By NICHOLAS CLUNN
STAFF WRITER
POINT PLEASANT BEACH -- Four commercial fishermen made an emergency stop in the Manasquan Inlet last night after their boat struck a jetty and took on water.

No one was injured when the Michelle K hit the north jetty off Manasquan, said borough police Patrolman Joe Michigan.


Realizing that the water coming on board would prevent them from making it to the boat's regular dock, the crew steered for the inlet wall on the Point Pleasant Beach side and moored there, near the northern end of Ocean Avenue at Inlet Drive.

The men were probably able to climb off the boat without assistance, Michigan said.

The vessel may have sustained heavy damage. Pumps brought in by firefighters were useless in stopping water from coming onboard. By 10 p.m., the boat had stopped sinking, but its deck was covered with water. It was unclear why the boat hit the jetty.

Michigan did not have details about the crew, who were likely heading back from a fishing trip when they got into trouble. Borough police, the Coast Guard and the Marine Division of the State Police were alerted to a boat in distress around 8 p.m.

The Coast Guard is leading the investigation into the accident. The fishermen were being interviewed last night at the Coast Guard station, here.

Divers from the Point Pleasant Beach First Aid and Emergency Squad were assessing the boat's damage and working with a towing company to prepare for moving it. It was not clear how long the boat would stay moored next to the wall.

The accident attracted many on-lookers on both sides of the inlet, which serves as a border between Monmouth and Ocean counties. The clearest view was on the Manasquan side. Police tape kept civilians away from the boat.


Nicholas Clunn: (609) 978-4597 or [email protected]
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I bet it was a bad drive bellows.
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Now that's something you don't see everyday.
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Glad they're okay. Sad to see such a beautiful boat going down like that. (New England nostalgia).
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