A snapped tow line and engine trouble were the likely culprits in an incident late last night that led to one boat being destroyed and another running aground on the south side of the Manasquan inlet.
A volunteer at the Point Pleasant
Coast Guard Station, who declined to be identified, said that the
incident happened just before midnight last night.
The spectacle had attracted a small crowd on the Point Pleasant Beach side of the inlet late Monday morning.
A Coast Guard boat has been by the wreckage to assess the situation, but by shortly before noon, the hull of the boat continued to slam against the jetty. Officials said they were monitoring the scene for debris and possible pollution mitigation.
Three people were rescued from the jetty last night, and another man was removed "safely from the boat," the volunteer said.
witness on the beach says one boat - identified by the volunteer as a
32-foot Carver "Slashbacks," was towing another boat - a 31-foot Chris
Craft, "Lady Jane" - in when it hit the rocks, according to News12. Coast Guard officials alerted other boaters in the area about possible debris in the area.
Patch obtained a photo of the boat's remnants.