Coast Guard rescues three boaters near Highlands

A Coast Guard boatcrew from Sandy Hook Station pulled three people out the the Sandy Hook Bay near Highlands this afternoon, according to a press release by the USCG.

While on routine patrol at approximately 2:30 p.m., the crew aboard a 29-foot Response Boat-Small witnessed a nine-foot John boat overturn sending the passengers into the water.

The response boat immediately diverted to the scene and rescued the three people from the water. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: August 19th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Highlands, Monmouth County News, Sandy Hook | Tags: , , , , , | 2 Comments »

Sandy Hook Oil Slick Has Shrunk By More Than Half

photo by Noel Westerland Sr. 11/29/2014

photo by Noel Westerland Sr. 11/29/2014

The oil slick in Sandy Hook Bay that was reported to be two miles long by 900 feet wide on Thursday afternoon was observed to be one mile long by 150 wide at 10AM this morning, according to Coast Guard Petty Officer Frank Iannazzo-Simmons during a phone interview with MMM.

Iannazzo-Simmons said a unified command consisting of personnel from the Coast Guard, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, NOAA and the National Park Service were still working to identify the both the source and product of the sheen.  The color of the sheen changed from a rainbow to a “silverish” metallic color.  Last evening it was reported that authorities believed the product to be diesel fuel.  Today, they are taking samples to determine what it is.

20 feet of boom was installed at Horseshoe Cove yesterday as a precaution to protect the environmentally sensitive area.  Today 70 feet of “hard boom” was installed to shore up the precautionary protection.  Horseshoe Cove was deemed to be the only environmentally sensitive area that could be impacted by the sheen.

The sheen remains located at the northern end of Sandy Hook on the bay side.

Posted: December 12th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: DEP, Energy, Environment, Gateway National Recreation Area, Sandy Hook | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Sandy Hook Oil Slick Has Shrunk By More Than Half

Oil Slick in Sandy Hook Bay

photo by Noel Westerland Sr. 11/29/2014

photo by Noel Westerland Sr. 11/29/2014

A two mile long by 400 foot wide oil slick is washing up on the bay side of Sandy Hook, according to a report by WNBC 4-NY.

The slick was first witnessed by security personnel at the Earle Naval Weapons Station, according to the the report.  The U.S. Coast Guard and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection are investigating.

The source of the oil is unknown at this time.

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Posted: December 11th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County, New Jersey, Sandy Hook | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Humpback Whale Spotted in Raritan Bay

The Staten Island Advance is reporting the siting of a Humpback Whale in the Raritan Bay.

Rickey Patat, of Great Kills, spotted the whale last week as he sailed his boat in Raritan Bay and caught it on video.

“I find them almost every time I go out on my boat,” he said. “I always alert the Coast Guard and report the status and condition of the whale to the best of my ability.”

The Advance quoted Mendy Garron of NOAA’s Mammal Response Program in Gloucester, Mass as saying that whales have been spotted in both the Raritan and Sandy Hook Bays.

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Posted: July 3rd, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Jersey Shore, Monmouth County, News | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on Humpback Whale Spotted in Raritan Bay