Capsized Vessel Won't Be Removed on Saturday
Coast Guard is waiting for a salvage dive team to assess the damage to the Atlantic Traveler.
Although the weather finally improved on Saturday, a New York salvage company will still be unable to remove the capsized Atlantic Traveler from the end of the Manasquan Inlet on the Point Pleasant Beach side.
Coast Guard Petty Officer Kyle Courtney confirmed on Saturday morning that the vessel would not be removed on Saturday.
"Not today," Courtney said.
Courtney said the Coast Guard is waiting for a salvage company dive team to assess the damage to the boat before it is removed from the water.
He did say that two tugs and a barge were en route on Saturday night, Courtney said.
Once the dive team makes an assessment of the damage, Courtney said, removal of the fishing vessel can begin.
The 64-foot Atlantic Traveler lost its clutch and steering a week ago Wednesday, leaving the three-member crew helpless to control it.
The vessel has been floundering in often rough seas at the end of the jetty on the Point Pleasant Beach side.
Onlookers who could get close enough to the capsized vessel could hear the metal of the vessel rubbing against the rocks when the ocean was particularly rough during the inclement weather of the past few days.
Until the divers take a look, it is unclear if the Atlantic Traveler has been damaged any further by the rough ocean.
Once the salvage company gets the vessel out of the water, an investigation can begin as to what caused the mechanical failure.