July 30, 2021
By Eric Englund
(Photograph by Timothy Brindley Images)
A Harvey Cedars Beach front Patrol rescue boat by itself had to be rescued when it inexplicably finished up in the ocean.
The secret unfolded on the afternoon of July 21 when lifeguards were clearing the 76th Street seashore of swimmers and sunbathers as a collection of thunderstorms had been rolling via the place. Randy Townsend, seaside patrol chief of functions, mentioned the 17-foot, 350-pound fiberglass rowboat was positioned 30 feet away from the significant tide line. It appeared to be a risk-free distance, but when lifeguards returned the future working day, the boat was long gone.
“We thought possibly that the boat obtained pushed into the water,” reported Police Chief Robert Burnaford. “But there seriously was no indicator of that.”
On Monday, July 26, industrial fisherman Timothy Brindley noticed the boat 6 miles east of Barnegat Inlet.
“My son and I were being fluking on the Viking Rose,” he mentioned. “It was foggy in the early morning, but by 9 9, it had cleared and I observed some thing in the water. I couldn’t figure out what it was, but as I got nearer, I understood it was a Harvey Cedars seashore patrol boat. The boat experienced taken in a large amount of water, but was nevertheless floating.”
Brindley reported he notified Harvey Cedars and the Coast Guard. He briefly secured the boat ahead of the Coastline Guard arrived to tow it absent.
Townsend said the Coastline Guard towed it to an space off the Hudson Street beach front, where a crew of lifeguards had been stationed to retrieve the vessel.
“It was rather waterlogged, but other than that, no harm,” claimed Townsend. “We ended up very privileged that a person spotted the boat and it bought introduced back to us. We don’t know how it occurred in the initially area, but we’re just glad it is dwelling the place it belongs.” —E.E.