Coast Guard monitoring salvage of partially-sunken vessel in Manasquan Inlet, NJ

The commercial fishing vessel Miss Kathleen sits aground and partially-sunken near Dog Beach in Manasquan Inlet, New Jersey, Dec. 8, 2018. The Miss Kathleen’s captain intentionally grounded the vessel after it allided with the inlet’s northern jetty and began taking on water around 2 a.m. (U.S. Coast Guard photo, courtesy Station Manasquan Inlet/Released)

The commercial fishing vessel Miss Kathleen sits aground and partially-sunken near Dog Beach in Manasquan Inlet, New Jersey, Dec. 8, 2018.(U.S. Coast Guard photo, courtesy Station Manasquan Inlet)

PHILADELPHIA — The Coast Guard is monitoring the salvage of a partially-sunken commercial fishing vessel in Manasquan Inlet, New Jersey, Saturday morning.

Watchstanders in the Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay command center received notification at 2 a.m. that the 44-foot fishing vessel Miss Kathleen allided with the northern Manasquan Inlet jetty and was taking on water with three people and a dog aboard.

The Miss Kathleen’s captain intentionally grounded the vessel on Dog Beach, about 20 yards outside the channel.

A Coast Guard Station Manasquan Inlet 29-foot Response Boat-Small crew launched but could not transit the shallow water to reach the fishing vessel. A Manasquan Fire Department boat crew responded, took aboard the three men and dog, then transferred them to the Coast Guard boat crew.

The RB-S crew brought the men and dog to the station. There were no reported injuries.

At 7 a.m., TowBoatUS personnel arrived on scene and secured boom around the Miss Kathleen as a precaution. There are reportedly 800 gallons of diesel on board the vessel, but no signs of sheen or pollution in the water.

“The Coast Guard is working with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection to mitigate the environmental threat posed by the sunken vessel,” said Capt. Scott Anderson, commander, Sector Delaware Bay.

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