Commercial salvage workers establish a tow between a towboat from Donjon Marine and the 77-foot fishing boat, Capt. Gavin, Saturday, April 11, 2015, in Point Pleasant Beach. The Capt. Gavin ran aground Wednesday with no reported injuries, damage or pollution. (U.S. Coast Guard)
POINT PLEASANT BEACH – The commercial fishing boat that ran aground in Point Pleasant Beach was successfully removed from the beach late Saturday night, officials said. Several attempts to get the Capt. Gavin off the beach were unsuccessful until around 11:30 p.m., when a tugboat from Donjon Marine Co. Inc. was able to pull it into the ocean as the tide was coming in, officials said. Previous efforts were hindered by bad weather and high winds. “Between the tide coming in and the momentum of the vessel pulling, it had enough water underneath of it that they could safely pull it from shore and out to the ocean,” said U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer John Kelly, who was on the beach during the operation. Kelly described the effort as “very well-organized” and said that the boat was pulled off the beach about two hours before the tide was at its highest. Coast Guard spokesman Petty Officer Nick Ameen said Capt. Gavin was towed to Tottenville Marina in Staten Island, New York with six people onboard, including the boat’s captain, one member of the crew and four people from the salvage company. “It was a pretty smooth cleanup effort,” Ameen said adding that no damage or pollution was reported. The 77-foot boat was carrying 600 pounds of scallops when it ran aground on Wednesday. Ashley Peskoe may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter @ashleypeskoe. Find NJ.com on Facebook.