ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS – Members of the Atlantic Highlands First Aid & Safety Squad and the Atlantic Highlands Fire Department responded early Saturday morning to assist a boater stuck on pilings in the Atlantic Highlands municipal harbor.

The boaters from Northern New Jersey who were unfamiliar with the harbor ran into the pilings shortly after 1 a.m. They called for emergency assistance 90 minutes later as the tide was going out and the boat was unable to move.


The stranded pleasure boat remained stuck on pilings early Saturday morning in Atlantic Highlands.

The Atlantic Highlands First Aid’s 85-M-1 and the Atlantic Highlands Fire Department’s Marine 85 responded to the scene of the stranding, while AHFD chief Russell Mount and AHFAS chief Richard Huff set up command in the harbor. Crews also readied the AHFAS’ Zodiac boat for launch as well.

The Atlantic Highlands Police Department and the U.S. Coast Guard also responded, while marine units from Middletown, Leonardo and Highlands were on standby..

Ten people on board the stranded vessel were assisted onto a boat tow vessel that responded to the incident and transported to land, where they were checked out by AHFAS crews. There were no injuries.

“We train many times a year for a variety of calls on the water, so we were prepared,” said Huff. “The positive note is that while the boat was stranded, there were no injuries to those aboard the vessel, or to the many volunteers who responded to the call.”

The stranded vessel was still visible to harbor goers during low tide Saturday morning.