Saturday, May 18, 2013
National Safe Boating Week begins Saturday
National Safe Boating Week kicks off Saturday, May 18, and Patch caught up with the folks at a shore area U.S. Coast Guard Station in Manasquan Inlet for some tips as we enter the first boating season since Superstorm Sandy.
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Precautions advised as waterways are cleared of post-Sandy debris
Getting ready to take the boat out on the Navesink or Shrewsbury, but worried that debris from Sandy may make it difficult? GoBoatingNJ.org may help. Since Hurricane Sandy came ashore in late October, reports of unprecedented destruction to area marine facilities have left boaters wondering if there will be a boating season in 2013, said Ed "Skip" Harrison, who is the owner of Baywood Marina, Brick Township, and Board Member of the Marine Trades Association of New Jersey. The GoBoatingNJ.org initiative was launched to address these concerns by providing coverage of the restoration efforts taking place each day by state, federal and municipal agencies as well as scores of volunteers and organizations. The campaign highlights — through on-…
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
The collision occurred in July of 2011
An area man has been indicted on vehicular homicide charges stemming from a fatal 2011 boating collision near the shores of Fair Haven on the Navesink River, Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni announced. George Harrington, 41, of Browns Dock Road, Middletown, is charged with one count of second-degree vehicular homicide in connection with the July 23, 2011 death of Christopher Plante, 50, of Keansburg, after a Boston Whaler and his Stingray boat crashed in the Navesink. The accident occurred at 11:32 p.m. on the July 23 Saturday night, nearly two years ago, when a Boston Whaler, occupied by five people, crashed into a Stingray occupied by two — the driver, Plante, and a passenger, State Police Sgt. Brian Polite …
Saturday, November 10, 2012
Removing electronics will prevent looting
Boaters whose vessels have become disabled in either Hurricane Sandy or the nor'easter that followed should remove electronics and personal items from them to prevent theft and looting, a national boating organization urged. The advice is especially important as barrier island residents temporarily repopulate their hometowns, but will most likely have to leave their boats behind when they leave. The Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) also suggested boat owners place a "No Trespassing" sign on their boats along with contact information. Despite the suggestion, the organization said boaters should not climb in or on boats that have piled up together or are dangling from dock pilings or other obstructions. Boaters should …
Saturday, July 28, 2012
Mixed reports on summer flounder action this week
The thing with flounder fishing is that you're always learning something new. The basics are the same: rig with enough lead to hold bottom, hook your bait, catch a drift, then send 'er down and wait for a tug on the other end of the line. But the little things — of which you sometimes have no control — can determine whether you'll end your outing with a cooler full of fish or a trip to the local seafood market to pick up something for dinner. This week was interesting in many ways. We had extremely strong south winds on several days, a southwest wind another day, and "mixed up" water in many locations (see attached photo) as the tide in the back bay was going out during the mid-afternoon hours. With the ocean all stirred up, everyone was …
Friday, July 6, 2012
What to do at the beach this weekend
Friday, July 6, 2012
Fireworks are through, barbecues are shuttered, but there's still plenty to do down the shore this weekend. Whether you're heading to the beach, looking for family-friendly fun, or some fun nightlife, check out this weekend's best bets: EVENTS Fair Haven will celebrate its centennial regatta with a poker run along the Navesink River from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Use your own boat/canoe/kayak or borrow a wooden canoe to cruise to five locations, picking up playing cards along the way. The three best hands win centennial medallions. Click here for more information on registration. Monmouth Park continues its Family Day from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday with music, clowns, face painters, bounce houses and more. Admission is $3, and children …
Friday, June 29, 2012
The River Rangers, a program sponsored by the Navesink Maritime Heritage Association, began its first week of adventure.
For five weeks each year area children are invited to take part in an adventure right in their back yards. The Navesink Maritime Heritage Association hosts its River Rangers program each year for five weeks during the summer. The program gives students the chance to learn about the environment and enjoy what is so close yet for many remains little more than an impassable border, the Navesink River. The program is open to students throughout the Two River area. On Thursday, about a dozen children loaded into handmade flat-bottom canoes and pushed out onto the Navesink. For many, instructors Courtney Davis and Pierre Joseph said, this is the first opportunity they've had to head out on the water. "It's a technology-based world," Joseph said…
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Yachting, boating on the Shrewsbury River: Do you know whose yacht this is?
Before the heat wave hit, yesterday was a banner day for boating on both the Rumson and Sea Bright sides of the Shrewsbury River. Among the waterborne sights to be seen was an Islander yacht, taking pause on the Sea Bright side of the river's canal. Whose boat is that, anyway? Tell us in the comments section if you know.
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Morning briefing announces increased reward of $3,000 for information about the prank calls about a yacht explosion off Sandy Hook on Monday.
Coast Guard officials in New York Tuesday said they now believe that two phone calls, possibly from the same man, falsely reported that a yacht had exploded off Sandy Hook, setting off a massive air search that came to naught Monday. In a press briefing at its Battery Park headquarters, the Coast Guard announced that it was increasing the award for information about the hoax from $1,000 to $3,000 "for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of anyone responsible." A statement from Coast Guard urged anyone with information about the incident to call its investigative service at 646-872-5774 or 212-668-7048 and promised anonymity. [Full text of the statement below.] "In addition to being a federal crime, false distress calls waste …
Agency seeking information on false report of yacht explosion off Sandy Hook; audio released.
The U.S. Coast Guard is investigating what they now know to be two hoax phone calls made Monday afternoon reporting an explosion on a yacht 17 miles off Sandy Hook. The reward for useful information to find the caller has been raised to $3,000 from $1,000, Coast Guard officials announced during a Tuesday morning press conference. "We need the public's help on this," said Captain Gregory P. Hitchen, urging anybody who knows anything to call the Coast Guard with tips. The Coast Guard released audio of the distress call it received on Monday at 4:20 p.m. If convicted, the caller faces five to ten years in prison, a $250,000 fine as well as reimbursement of the government's costs. The costs to the government weren't yet clear on Tuesday …