RED BANK: TA-TA, LAYLA

The vessel had to be torn apart in order for it to be removed. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

A sailboat that got stuck at Maple Cove in Red Bank during Hurricane Sandy was finally removed Monday, more than eight months later.

Sammy Fitkin, a supervisor with the post-disaster debris management company Crowder Gulf, had hoped to just float the vessel, called the Layla, out on a high tide. But the tide never got high enough, as it did during the storm that brought it in, and the boat lay against the promenade in the mudflats at the foot of Maple Avenue.

“The water wasn’t here to do it,” Fitkin tells redbankgreen. “So this was our only option.”

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RED BANK: WRECKED BOAT TO GO, FINALLY

The battered sailboat Layla has been junking up the view from Maple Cove for almost eight months. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

A wrecked sailboat that’s been lodged against the tiny boardwalk at Red Bank’s Maple Cove since Hurricane Sandy is finally about to cleared away.

Sammy Fitkin, a supervisor with the post-disaster debris management company Crowder Gulf, plans to assess as early as today whether the battered vessel, called the Layla, can be floated out on a high tide or if special equipment will be needed to remove it, he tells redbankgreen.

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IF YOU’RE LOOKING FOR LAYLA…

A sailboat named Layla was smashed against the Navesink River dock at Maple Cove in Red Bank during Wednesday night’s storm. Reader Len Oppenheim grabbed this photo from Riverview Towers. (Photo by Len Oppenheim. Click to enlarge)