Tugboat Runs Aground In Lavallette

Photo courtesy Lavallette Beach Patrol

LAVALLETTE – The tugboat Sea Cypress is finally free from the sandbar it ran aground on earlier today.

Lavallette Beach Patrol made that announcement on its social media channels. All beaches are now open.

The tugboat, which was apparently being used as part of a beach replenishment program, broke from its mooring overnight and ran aground around 4:30 a.m. today. There are four crew members aboard, according to reports.

Photo courtesy Ocean County Sheriff’s Department

Lavallette Beach Patrol had posted an update in the morning that the beach on Washington/Brooklyn Avenue was closed to all access. The Philadelphia Avenue beach had very limited access.

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There had been no swimming on Philadelphia and Brown/Camden Avenue beaches. All lifeguard stands were flying yellow flags as crews worked to free to tugboat.

 

Original Story:

LAVALLETTE – A tugboat that ran aground early this morning has forced the closure of some borough beaches, while crews are on hand to assist.

There is very little information at this time, other than a tugboat ran aground around 4:30 a.m. today.

Lavallette Beach Patrol posted an update the beach on Washington/Brooklyn Avenue is closed to all access. The Philadelphia Avenue beach has very limited access.

Photo courtesy Lavallette Beach Patrol

There is no swimming on Philadelphia and Brown/Camden Avenue beaches. All lifeguard stands are flying yellow flags today.

Officials are asking the public to avoid the beach in these areas.

This is a developing story.