Cabin cruiser crashes into Atlantic Highlands shoreline, 2 rescued
A boat making its way from Long Island to Key West crashed on the rocks off Atlantic Highlands on Monday night.
The Atlantic Highlands First Aid and Safety Squad reported that two people on board the cabin cruiser were rescued after hitting the rocks at the Hesse Pier. The Jo Lyn IV was trying to anchor for the night in Raritan Bay when line got caught in the propeller sending the boat drifting towards the shore line according to NBC New York.
The impact created a hole in the hull, according to the station.
New Jersey 101.5 Meteotologist Dan Zarrow said Sandy Hook, probably the closest weather station to the incident, reported sustained winds of 25 mph with gusts to 32 mph.
"That's below wind advisory criteria, but the NWS issued a small craft advisory early this morning, for hazardous wave conditions to small craft," Zarrow said.
The Atlantic Highlands Herald reported the fire department lowered a bucket onto the boat the men were able to climb inside of and be lifted to safety.
The Atlantic Highlands First Aid and Safety Squad said that the Atlantic Highlands Fire Department (Station 85-1), Atlantic Highlands Police Department, Middletown Fire Department, Middletown EMS / Dive Teams and US Coast Guard all assisted with the rescue.