Coast Guard, State and local authorities respond to boat sinking in Manasquan Inlet

MANASQUAN, N.J. – The Coast Guard, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, New Jersey State Police and both Monmouth and Ocean County Office’s of Emergency Management responded today to a boat sinking. The boat is located a half mile northeast of the jetties near Manasquan Inlet.

A crewman aboard the 70-foot fishing boat Susan II, home ported in Gloucester, Mass., called for assistance at approximately 12:25 a.m reporting that they were taking on water. The vessel sank quickly and all three crewmembers aboard were rescued by the Coast Guard in good condition.

It’s estimated that the Susan II was carrying between 1,000 and 2,000 gallons of diesel fuel, approximately 100 gallons of hydraulic oil, and 35 gallons of lube oil. Divers have sealed the fuel tank vents stopping any further seepage from the tanks themselves.

There has been a small release of diesel fuel and lube oil, which created a minor non -recoverable sheen two miles long and 30-feet wide. Due to prevailing winds at the time of the incident the sheen was monitored trailing to the southeast.

A unified command has been established to coordinate and manage the response effort.

The owner of the Susan II contracted Budget Towing to conduct salvage operations. They have contained the fuel leak from the boat and will remain on scene until the vessel is removed.

At this time there has been no impact to local area beaches which will remain open for the July 4th Weekend.

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