I received e-mail from the Rescue Dive Team that another Scallop boat became victim of the season up in New Jersey and ended up on the beach off of New York Avenue in Point Pleasant New Jersey...
Several Dive Team members responded with the First-Aid Squad but the team response was not needed this time. Team member Flo Melo provided these photos of the "Bonnie Lea" after it was determined that the scallop boat could not be pulled off the beach and had to be destroyed...
The Asbury Park Press had good coverage of this incident and follow up story at:
"The Bonnie Lee's ill-fated ordeal began more than 12 hours earlier. Matthews said he took it out of the Manasquan Inlet and headed south, only to meet up with high winds. Because of the weather, he said he decided to turn around and head back to the inlet, but on the way back, the boat's motor failed.
"I lost power and ended up on the beach," he said.
Police and Coast Guard officials received word of a vessel with engine trouble about 2:30 a.m., and about five minutes later, the Bonnie Lee had washed up on the beach, police said.
Both agencies said that when the boat's motor stalled, the two men on board were unable to get the anchor out, and jumped off as the vessel washed ashore"
The Point Pleasant Rescue Dive Team has been busy this year with numerous calls to search and support efforts in recovering boats and their personnel. Other incidents can bee viewed at: http://ptrescuedive.blogspot.com/
Photos provided by team member Flo Melo...