Almost three months after Hurricane Sandy, waters off the New Jersey shore still have plenty of hazards, including wrecked boats that are becoming increasingly difficult to pull from the murky depths.
Since Sandy devastated the shore, Capt. Adam Vandenhouten and his crew at AshBritt Environmental have been on a mission to pull the shipwrecked vessels from Barnegat Bay, according to CBS New York.
The state of New Jersey hired AshBritt to remove the boat debris from the bay and the company only has until the end of the month to complete the job.
“It can be very difficult,” Vandenhouten told the network. “Mud can settle on top of a vessel, making it more difficult, and you get a vacuum effect.”
Diver Mike Sonta discovered that mud had indeed settled on top of a vessel after strapping the 28-foot boat in frigid waters.
“The boat, since we’ve last been here, has sunken to the mud a little bit more,” Jim Rolette of AshBritt told CBS. “So when we started coming up on it, the straps underneath, the hull slipped more toward the bow.”
AshBritt has pulled 33 other similar boats from New Jersey waters in the last week and a half. There are hundreds of other vessels still in the water, and there are also parts — and entire homes — still in the bay.
“The conditions, with winter coming on, they’re making it more difficult as each day passes,” Rolette said.