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Here is the PIC from the Star-Ledger Today:


[ 03-01-2004, 08:43 PM: Message edited by: NIGHTSTRIKES ]
 

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I BELIEVE YEARS AGO BELONGED TO THE LENNY FAMILY,THEN OWNED BY THE GOLDEN EAGLE,WHICH I WAS JUST TOLD WAS FOR SALE ON E-BAY RECENTLY.LOOKS LIKE STEERING MUST HAVE GIVEN WAY IN INLET AND HIT ROCKS.IT SURE WAS NOT ROUGH.
 

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Party boat hits Manasquan jetty, is towed for repairs


Published in the Asbury Park Press 3/02/04
By KIRK MOORE
and DAN KAPLAN
STAFF WRITERS
POINT PLEASANT BEACH -- The bow of a 64-foot party fishing vessel that lost power struck the north jetty of the Manasquan Inlet early Sunday morning, forcing the captain to abandon the ship, Coast Guard officials said yesterday.

Capt. Mark Campbell, 47, was alone aboard the wooden-hulled American Eagle when the collision occurred about 6 a.m., Coast Guard spokesmen said. Nobody was injured.

The vessel, part of the Golden Eagle party-boat fleet based in Belmar, was performing engine trials before it struck the jetty, Executive Petty Officer Colin Redy said.

A passing captain called the Coast Guard station at Manasquan Inlet and continued to stand by the American Eagle, which was partially submerged and listing to its starboard side, Petty Officer John Edwards of the Coast Guard's Atlantic City group said.

After the incident, Campbell planned to dock the vessel on the Manasquan River, but Coast Guard crews noticed the boat was slowly sinking and rolling side to side -- signs a vessel is about to capsize, Redy said.

Campbell evacuated onto a small Coast Guard rescue craft, Redy said. Crewmen pushed the boat to shallow waters about 100 feet north, because the vessel, carrying 225 gallons of diesel fuel, might have sunk and caused an environmental hazard.

"If it sinks, you're going to have an oil spill," Redy said. "It's going to leak eventually."

A boat from Budget Towing later attached a line to the American Eagle and towed it back to the Shark River for repairs.

The cause of the accident remains under investigation, but "it was reported that he (Campbell) lost power and steering" before the boat grounded, Edwards said.
 
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