Manasquan, New Jersey – A tragic boating accident unfolded on Thursday night, September 14th, in Manasquan Inlet, leaving the community devastated and launching an urgent search operation. The accident, caused by a powerful wave, led to the capsizing of a 31-foot fishing boat, resulting in a desperate search for a missing 23-year-old boater, identified as Derek Narby from Brick, New Jersey.
The ill-fated vessel, carrying a father and his two sons, overturned in the turbulent waters separating Manasquan and Point Pleasant Beach at around 8:30 p.m. The horrific incident was caught on surveillance cameras, showing the wave striking the boat and causing it to capsize.
First responders acted swiftly, managing to rescue two individuals, but the search for the third, Derek Narby, has been ongoing. The rescued individuals clung to a cooler for their safety and were transported to a local hospital for evaluation.
A 31-foot boat was capsized by a 10-foot wave in the Manasquan Inlet in New Jersey. Coast guard officials say the boat capsized around 8:15 p.m. Thursday.
Onboard the vessel was a father and two of his sons. pic.twitter.com/UcVWtJwnce
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The relentless search operation involves the U.S. Coast Guard, New Jersey State Police, and various fire departments from Point Beach, Point Boro, Brick, Manasquan, and nearby communities. Despite the valiant efforts, divers have been unable to enter the water due to dangerous conditions caused by massive swells resulting from Hurricane Lee.
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The Manasquan Inlet has been a challenging site for boaters in the past, with several accidents recorded, emphasizing the risks associated with these waters. Despite the difficulties posed by the weather and treacherous conditions, search efforts continue in the hopes of locating Derek Narby and providing closure to his family.
The community unites in prayer and support for Derek Narby’s safe return as the search persists amid these harrowing circumstances. May the collective efforts of the rescue teams lead to a positive resolution, bringing solace to all affected by this tragic incident.