According to a report on NJ. com, the boaters jumped into the water when the 19-foot long speedboat, a Sea Doo Speedster 200, caught fire at 2:51 p.m. They climbed aboard a second boat, according to the account, attributed to a New Jersey State Police spokesman.
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It seems someone neglected to check the tide charts when leaving a red pickup truck in the parking lot shared by the Monmouth Boat Club and North Shrewsbury Ice Boat and Yacht Club in Red Bank. This reader photo, snapped at 7:40 a.m. Monday shows a red vehicle swamped by the Navesink River. The National Weather Service has issued a coastal flood warning. (Reader photo above. Photo at right by Trish Russoniello. Click to enlarge)
The sailboat, seen above, righted itself after its two occupants were rescued, a witness said. Below, one of the two people rescued gets some medical attention. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)
By JOHN T. WARD
The pair were pulled to safety by kayakers, police said.
Patrolwoman Kristin Altimari checks out her commendation for heroism. Also honored for roles in the rescue were public works employee Josh Schmidt, in yellow, and fire Chief Tommy Welsh, center, with Councilman Ed Zipprich and Mayor Pasquale Menna. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)
By JOHN T. WARD
Just four months into her career as a police officer, Red Bank Patrolwoman Kristin Altimari drew praise Wednesday for quick thinking and heroism for helping four young women adrift in a boat on the Swimming River Saturday night.
The 30-year-old former Ocean County high school teacher, who joined the police department in March, was the primary actor in a brief drama involving a quartet of swimsuited teenage girls who found themselves helpless in a one-oared rowboat in the darkness of the Swimming River.
Draped in firefighters’ coats, four teenage girls were safe in Red Bank Saturday night after losing an oar to a dinghy they’d launched from Conover Lane in Middletown and drifitng in the darkness of the Swimming River. At right, volunteer fire and rescue workers searched the phragmites behind a home on Chapin Avenue hoping to intercept the boat, which landed at River Street with the help of a Red Bank policewoman at around 10 p.m., about an hour after it was reported adrift. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)
Mayor Dina Long, center above, helped move tables to accommodate an overflow crowd Tuesday night. John Lamia, below, was sworn to fill the unexpired term of Read Murphy. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)
By JOHN T. WARD
Dozens of residents packed a bimonthly borough council with their concerns: a bulkhead ordinance that would require some property owners to raise the level of protection adjoining their homes along the Shrewsbury River; a plan to build a 150-foot tall cell tower just feet from the ocean beach behind borough hall; the timing of repairs to the seawall.
Two matters in particular drew concerted heat: a proposal to rent land for use as a temporary fire station from a former mayor in arrears on taxes, and a 10-percent increase in tax bills, reflecting a whopping 17-percent increase to cover the cost of sending borough kids to Shore Regional High School in West Long Branch.
That one, and other issues, reflected longstanding frustrations.
“Twenty-five years ago, when I first came on the council – it was a subject then,” said Councilman Jack Keeler. “It hasn’t changed.”
By JOHN T. WARD
The icebound boat that went up in flames in the Navesink River in February has been removed from the waterway off Red Bank’s Maple Cove.
Is an arson charge next?
By JOHN T. WARD
The owners of the icebound boat that went up in flames in the Navesink River last week say they are “devastated” by the blaze, which they attribute to arson.
“Not much of evidentiary value” remains of the icebound boat that burned on the Navesink off Red Bank early Wednesday, State Police spokeswoman Trooper Irina Spies said Thursday. “It burned to the water line.” Still, an investigation continues, and the agency’s marine unit will look into claims reported by redbankgreen that the Fiddler was the scene of a prior fire after the river froze in late January, she said. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)
The fire that destroyed the Fiddler, at anchor and enclosed in ice on the Navesink River, early Wednesday morning, as seen from Riverside Gardens Park, the Cooper Bridge and Marine Park in Red Bank. As of 9 a.m. the vessel was still smoldering. (Cheesy video by John T. Ward. )
By JOHN T. WARD
The Fiddler, a mysteriously anchored boat that drew curious skaters, iceboaters and walkers out onto the frozen Navesink River in recent weeks, seemed to defy nature.
How long, people wondered, could it avoid getting crushed in the grip of ice between Red Bank and Middletown?
Well, if the so-called ‘lobster boat’ was doomed, few might have foreseen that it would meet its demise this way.
By JOHN T. WARD
Ambulances, including a “mass-casualty” vehicle capable of handling more than a dozen injured at a time, manned by dozens of volunteers from across Monmouth County. Fire trucks. A handful of helicopters standing by, and four others aloft, scanning hundreds of square miles of ocean in a desperate race to effort to help.
All mustered, apparently, on a hoax.
Roughly five hours and an estimated hundreds of thousands of dollars in expenses after it began, a search for the 21 “victims” of a yacht explosion at sea that purportedly left up to nine people badly burned was suspended by the U.S. Coast Guard Monday night.
Now, the incident is a matter of investigating who set it all in motion, the Coast Guard says.
By DANIELLE TEPPER
Since 1999, the Navesink Maritime Heritage Association has been hosting an annual Wooden Boat Festival, a community event that brings together water enthusiasts and amateur carpenters alike.
This weekend, the thirteenth edition of the boatbuilding event takes place behind the Fair Haven Fire House.
The goal: to build a canoe in six hours.
An Atlantic Highlands man was charged with drunk driving in the Navesink River accident that killed the lone passenger of the boat he was operating and sent all five occupants of a second boat into the water Saturday night, State Police said Sunday morning.
The body of the victim, which had been missing after the 11:30 p.m. crash, was recovered from the river almost nine hours later, after being spotted by a State Police helicopter between Middletown and Fair Haven, said Sergeant Brian Polite.
An eyewitness gave redbankgreen a different account of the body’s recovery.
The name of the victim has not been released pending notification of next of kin, he said. [Update, 2:50 p.m.: NJ.com reports the victim was Christopher Plant, 50, from Keansburg.]
A State Police officer frisks an unidentified man early Sunday morning while another shines a flashlight on him. Below, a woman who had been on one of the boats sits in an ambulance. (Photos by Dustin Racioppi. Click to enlarge)
More than two hours after the 11:30 p.m. crash, a massive rescue operation involving two helicopters and boats from numerous jurisdictions turned into a search for a body in the darkened river.
At dawn, however, the search boats appeared to end their task, and a phalanx of emergency vehicles parked on land departed without word about whether the missing boater had been found.
Eleven people were believed to have survived the crash, and soon came ashore at the residence of Richard Stavola on Northover Place, a loop off Navesink River Road in Middletown. According to an unconfirmed report, the missing boater was a man about 50 years old.
At about 1:45 a.m., State Police officers on the scene walked a handcuffed man in a white collared shirt and checkered shorts up the property’s long brick driveway, frisked him, and put him in a State Police truck.
Authorities were mum, however, on the reason for the arrest, as well as whatever they knew of the accident. Middletown police referred all inquiries to the State Police, which had assumed command of the operation. A State Trooper told reporters on the scene that that matter was under investigation and that they should “call headquarters Monday morning.”
A aural witness to the accident told redbankgreen what she heard and saw immediately afterward.
By DUSTIN RACIOPPI
“I would have to agree with everyone who’s ever said Red Bank is difficult to do business with,” said Geoff Johnson, who has approved plans to build a kayak and canoe rental and boat club on the banks of the Swimming River, at the north end of Shrewsbury Avenue.
By DUSTIN RACIOPPI
State Police have identified a Tinton Falls man as the Shrewsbury River kayaker who’s been missing since Wednesday, and will continue to search for him “for the foreseeable future,” said Sgt. Stephen Jones, a spokesman.
The department, along with area volunteer fire departments, have been searching the river for David Civile, 36 26, since late Wednesday. The Coast Guard, which had been assisting in the search, has since called off its operation, Sgt. Dan White, also of the State Police, said.
Criminal Mischief occurring on Bank Street on 9-16-10. Victim reported that unknown subject broke glass window in residence. Ptl. Michael Campanella.
Lost cell phone occurring on 9-19-10 at Maple Ave. Victim reported placing his cell phone described as a grey Samsung Reality phone down and upon returning discovered it was missing. Ptl. Michael Campanella.
Criminal Mischief occurring on 9-20-10 at Rector Place. Victim reported scratches on the paint of parked motor vehicle in the area of the trunk. Ptl. Matthew Ehrenreich.
A number of fights erupted during the celebration of the 51st annual Red Bank fireworks show Saturday night.
Police said they had arrested an estimated ten persons by 11p Saturday, mostly on disorderly behavior charges related to alcohol consumption.
No arrests were believed to have been made, however, in connection with a brawl involving eight or ten teenage males at the town’s busiest intersection Broad Street at the juncture of East and West Front streets just minutes before the fireworks show began.
If this is Independence Day weekend, it must be time for redbankgreen‘s annual KaBoom Fireworks on the Navesink Survival Guide: all you need to know about getting into Red Bank, enjoying the fireworks and related entertainments, and getting back out safe and sane on Saturday, July 3.
By DUSTIN RACIOPPI
Yesterday had the feel of Black Monday at the Fair Haven firehouse.
Twenty-four hours after borough Fire Chief Shaun Foley plunged from the Oceanic Bridge into the the Navesink River, department members were visibly shaken and reluctant to discuss his drastic actions Sunday night. Only two people within the department, Deputy Chief Jim Cerruti and President Jim Butler, spoke with reporters at Monday night’s Fair Haven Borough Council meeting. But they didn’t say much.
“One of our top concerns is his well being,” Butler said.
redbankgreen was there Saturday for the annual haul-in day at the Monmouth Boat Club in Red Bank.
That’s the day club members pull in the floating docks for the season to prevent them from getting damaged by the Navesink River’s winter ice, a condition much anticipated by the club’s neighbor, the North Shrewsbury Ice Boat & Yacht Club. The two organizations share waterfront access.
Some highlights from last night’s bimonthly meeting of the Red Bank council:
TEACHERS OF THE YEAR: In addition to primary school teacher Pat Moss, who was spotlighted here yesterday, this year’s honorees were middle school third-grade teacher Stacy Curcio; third-grade teacher Matt Strippoli of the Red Bank Charter School, and social studies teacher (and Red Bank native) Steve Johnson of Red Bank Regional.
AUDIT: Independent auditor Dave Kaplan gave his annual assessment of the borough’s finances and record-keeping, both of which he finds in good shape, though with four “relatively minor” cautions, one of which centers on the timely approval of council minutes. (Until last night, the borough clerk’s office was more than a year behind in getting the minutes of meetings together; now, the most recent minutes approved are from the July 9, 2007 session.)
Kaplan noted also that tax collections last year slipped a tad, to 97.09 percent from 97.99 percent, which he attributed to economic conditions. “People are just a little slower in paying their taxes,” he said.
BOATS AND CARS: There was a discussion of a request regarding parking on Union Street from the Monmouth Boat Club. As is somewhat common at council meetings, the agenda gave no hint of what the boat club had asked for, and nobody on the council bothered to fill the audience in, but it seemed to involve the removal of or deactivation of parking meters.
A full three hours before the first of some 4,000 pieces of fireworks is lofted into the sky above the Navesink Tuesday night, the streets of central Red Bank will be closed to vehicular traffic.
Which for the crowd estimated in past years to have been 170,000 strong means one of three things:
Get here early, find a convenient parking spot and relax in town for five or six hours.
Be ready to walk to your chosen viewing spot from outside the downtown.
Make friends with somebody with a boat, pronto.
By LINDA G. RASTELLI
To celebrate Independence Day, Rumson borough typically closes off part of the Oceanic Bridge to enable spectators to view Red Bank’s fireworks, opening the span periodically for boats to get through.
This year, though, the town is 100 years old and in the mood to party. So, as part of its ongoing centennial celebration, Rumson plans to hold its own, first fireworks next Tuesday night a display that’s to be synched up with Red Banks KaBoom celebration.
But some sparks have already been flying over access to emergency services and concerns about gridlock between the two Navesink River bridges the Oceanic, linking Rumson to the Locust section of Middletown, and the Cooper Bridge, to the west, which connects Middletown to Red Bank.
Officials at Riverview Medical Center informed Red Bank and Rumson officials by letter recently that they could not “guarantee transport” to the hospital with access to the Oceanic Bridge restricted.
“There are a lot more people in town,” said Donna Sellman, spokeswoman for the hospital. “If the bridge is closed or partially closed, ambulances may make it through, but our concern is also for somebody not in an ambulance. In a heart attack or stroke every minute is precious.”