Boat loses chunk of bow in rough seas

September 29, 2009 2:50:02 PM PDT
Passengers aboard a dolphin-sighting boat along the Jersey shore put on lifejackets after rough seas tore a chunk out of the front of the vessel. Cruisin' 1 set sail from Atlantic City Monday with 43 passengers off for Yom Kippur and three crew members.

The 60-foot vessel turned back after 10 minutes when it got battered by 28 to 35 mph winds and 4- to 7-foot seas.

About a mile from the dock, something ripped 18 feet off the boat's bow.

Captain Jeff George radioed a distress call, but managed to make it back on the boat's own power.

"The winds got pretty strong and we were going up and down like a roller coaster type of thing," said George.

George says they were never in danger because the damage was above the waterline.

George says no one was injured, but "everyone was a little shook up."

Coast Guard inspectors say, it appears that some structural members in the bow may have been weak. That---couple with rough waves and the weight of the anchor--- helped the bow give way.

The plan now is to get the vessel to a boat yard as quickly as posible so Jeff George and the Cruisin' 1 can get back to business.

The Associated Press contributed to this report


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