Commercial fishing boats land at Point Pleasant Beach, and efforts are underway to refloat them – Lavallette-Seaside Shorebeat

Commercial fishing boats land at Point Pleasant Beach, and efforts are underway to refloat them – Lavallette-Seaside Shorebeat

The crew of a 77-foot fishing vessel, which was reportedly in Rhode Island, escaped the wrecked boat after jumping over walls and diving into the ocean early Friday. Fortunately, the boat was anchored a few feet offshore, south of Manasquan Inlet, and that was supposed to be its destination. A video showing the grounded bowl from all angles is included above. (NB(Some ad blocking software may interfere with the video player.)

A group of good Samaritans, made up of surf fishermen who happened to be on the beach, as well as firefighters, local Coast Guardsmen and police officers who contacted them, helped the four-man crew through the five-foot waves and onto the beach. The crew, identified as the Susan Rose, were treated for minor injuries at the scene but did not require any major assistance, police said. The rescue took place around 5 a.m. Friday and the boat was parked just south of North Jenkinson Beach throughout the day, attracting dozens of onlookers at a time, as well as a number of media outlets.

A 77-foot commercial fishing vessel ran aground in Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey, November 17, 2023. (Photo: Shorebeat)

A 77-foot commercial fishing vessel ran aground in Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey, November 17, 2023. (Photo: Shorebeat)

A 77-foot commercial fishing vessel ran aground in Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey, November 17, 2023. (Photo: Shorebeat)

A 77-foot commercial fishing vessel ran aground in Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey, November 17, 2023. (Photo: Shorebeat)

A 77-foot commercial fishing vessel ran aground in Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey, November 17, 2023. (Photo: Shorebeat)

A 77-foot commercial fishing vessel ran aground in Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey, November 17, 2023. (Photo: Shorebeat)

A 77-foot commercial fishing vessel ran aground in Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey, November 17, 2023. (Photo: Shorebeat)

A 77-foot commercial fishing vessel ran aground in Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey, on November 17, 2023. (Photo: Shorebeat)

A Massachusetts State Police statement last year, about a separate incident in which a crew member fell overboard, described the vessel as a squid fishing boat stationed at Point Judith, Rhode Island.

By 5 p.m. Friday, TowBoatUS crews as well as industrial rescue operators were on scene, as police began closing access to the east end of Broadway in Point Pleasant Beach as heavy equipment began being transported to the scene. Trucks can be seen bringing flotation equipment, hydraulic equipment and heavy generators to the scene in what is likely an attempt to refloat the ship and eventually tow it to the Manasquan Inlet.

A 77-foot commercial fishing vessel ran aground in Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey, November 17, 2023. (Photo: Shorebeat)

A 77-foot commercial fishing vessel ran aground in Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey, November 17, 2023. (Photo: Shorebeat)

A 77-foot commercial fishing vessel ran aground in Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey, November 17, 2023. (Photo: Shorebeat)

A 77-foot commercial fishing vessel ran aground in Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey, on November 17, 2023. (Photo: Shorebeat)

A 77-foot commercial fishing vessel ran aground in Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey, November 17, 2023. (Photo: Shorebeat)

A 77-foot commercial fishing vessel ran aground in Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey, on November 17, 2023. (Photo: Shorebeat)

A 77-foot commercial fishing vessel ran aground in Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey, November 17, 2023. (Photo: Shorebeat)

A 77-foot commercial fishing vessel ran aground in Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey, on November 17, 2023. (Photo: Shorebeat)

A 77-foot commercial fishing vessel ran aground in Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey, on November 17, 2023. (Photo: Shorebeat)

A 77-foot commercial fishing vessel ran aground in Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey, on November 17, 2023. (Photo: Shorebeat)

Officials have not yet issued any statements about why the ship deviated from its course and missed the entrance.

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