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Aquarius....Looks like Northstar II Fisheries will be paying for this, with the cost of the cleanup and savage being charged to the company.

Something does not sound right with a vessel like this going down in good weather so close to the inlet. Thankfully the crew had survival suits on, but it leads one to question, 'what went wrong'...

POINT PLEASANT, N.J. - The Coast Guard is on standby but hopeful that diesel fuel from a fishing boat that sank off central New Jersey won't hurt the environment.

Three fishermen from the 69-foot boat were being evaluated at a hospital after being rescued early yesterday off Manasquan Inlet.

The Susie II called for assistance about 12:15 a.m. as it took on water about a half-mile northeast of the inlet's jetties, the Coast Guard said.

A rescue boat found the men in the water in survival suits.

The boat's owner is working with a salvage company to raise the craft, Coast Guard Petty Officer Chris McLaughlin said. Divers were in the water plugging holes in the boat, he said.

Diesel fuel on the water's surface is moving out to sea, McLaughlin said. "As far we know, it's minimally affecting the environment," he said.

Unlike oil, diesel fuel evaporates quickly in water, especially on hot days, he said.

The boat had an estimated 100 gallons of hydraulic fluid, 35 gallons of lubricating oil, and between 1,000 to 2,000 gallons of diesel fuel, McLaughlin said.


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This is the boat I worked on last winter in Hyannis.

I wonder what happened? This boat made money and all was maintained and or new.

She is old though and I don't think it is the first time she sank either.

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Morning JR....

Well the Coast Guard investigation will look at a number of factors especially:

-Mental and physical state of the crew.
-Time in which they first detected the problem and put over a mayday.
-Causes and contributing factors to the sinking.
-Actions taken by the crew to try and prevent the vessel from sinking.
-History and background of vessel and the captain onboard.

It is interesting to note that this was a Mass. f/v that was making money claming in that state (closure at this time) and now was fishing off of Jersey since the owner has a federal sea clam permit.

On till the Coast Guard determines the actual cause and contributing factors to the sinking of this vessel in calm waters right outside the inlet, it is best not to speculate why this event occured.

Here is the Coast Guard release on the incident:

Coast Guard rescues 3 near Manasquan Inlet
cgnews July 2nd, 2008 Search and Rescue

MANASQUAN, N.J. - The Coast Guard rescued three people from the water today after the 69-foot fishing boat they were aboard sank near Manasquan Inlet in Point Pleasant, N.J., Harbor.

The Coast Guard received a call at 12:15 a.m. via VHF marine radio from a crewman aboard the Susie II reporting they were taking on water and needed assistance.

A rescue boat crew from Coast Guard Station Manasquan Inlet arrived on scene and recovered all three people from the water.

The rescue boat crew transported the fishermen to Coast Guard Station Manasquan Inlet and transferred them to emergency medical personnel.

All three fishermen were wearing survival suits when their boat sank.

The owner of the Susie II is working with members of the Coast Guard on a salvage plan.


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I spent two winters clamming on that boat. We bought it from the insurance company that picked it off the bottom- Might have been the same inlet. That time, it was inbound and the dredge fell over the side. The Captain chose to try and get the dredge back in, instead of putting the torch to the wire, and it was the wrong choice. It was called the Tempo before we got her. I think she likes it better under the water than on top. I never liked the way she felt. But she did catch clams good, and kept me dry.

Too bad, I was looking forward to visiting her when I got back up to Gloucester. Turns out she was sailing from the old Star Fisheries pier, about fifty feet south of the last whale-watch boat I ran. There's got to be a connection there.


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loligo wrote:

-Mental and physical state of the crew.


or the Capt...

1010wins wrote:
The captain of a 71-foot fishing boat that sank off the central New Jersey coast early Wednesday has been charged with being drunk at the helm, state police said.
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