BELMAR, NJ — A sunken boat was found in a slip in the Belmar Manutti Marina yesterday morning — an apparent casualty of the strong winds and heavy rain that pummeled the Jersey Shore.

The 24-foot cutty cabin boat was discovered underwater at 9:36 a.m. along dock 7 on October 17, prompting a call for assistance to the Belmar Fire Department and Office of Emergency Management, according to Belmar Police Chief Andrew Huisman.

After the 1977 model boat was removed by TowBoatUS, a Monmouth County hazardous materials team placed booms to contain any minimal leakage of gasoline or oil from the small vessel, Huisman said.

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Officials believe the boat was either not secured properly for the stormy weather or may have experienced a pump failure. The name of the boat’s owner was not known.

Following the incident and in light of the weather conditions, Public Works employees checked boats docked at the marina to ensure they were properly secured as a precautionary measure, Huisman said.

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