Stuck commercial vessel removed from New Jersey beach

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A commercial fishing boat that ran aground on the New Jersey shore’s Point Pleasant Beach was successfully removed from the beach late Saturday night, officials said.

Several attempts to get the Capt. Gavin off the beach were unsuccessful until around 11:30 p.m., when a tugboat from Donjon Marine Co. Inc. was able to pull it into the ocean as the tide was coming in, officials said. Previous efforts were hindered by bad weather and high winds.

"Between the tide coming in and the momentum of the vessel pulling, it had enough water underneath of it that they could safely pull it from shore and out to the ocean," U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer John Kelly, who was on the beach during the operation, told NJ.com.

The 77-foot boat was carrying 600 pounds of scallops when it ran aground on Wednesday.