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Another missed approach at Barnegat Inlet...

One more for the "What the hell was he thinking?" files...

The weather was pretty poor around here late Saturday night, as a large cold front moved across the area... Thunderstorms, heavy rain, strong & gusty breeze from the S before the passage of the front...

In the midst of all that, this guy apparently attempts to enter Barnegat at around 0200... Pretty much precisely at dead low tide, when there would have been a powerful ebb current running... Even for someone very familiar with the inlet, the conditions at that time would have made for a pretty challenging transit, especially in this sort of boat...

Looks like he was coming from the north, and attempted to cut the corner close to the end of the submerged North jetty... Definitely the wrong thing to do at Barnegat, though he would certainly not be the first to do so...

Sailboat runs aground near Barnegat Inlet jetty in Island Beach State Park ? NewsWorks

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Re: Another missed approach at Barnegat Inlet...

Well, in the "what was he thinking" department, looks like I've stupidly posted this in the wrong sub-forum... :-)

Perhaps one of the mods can move it over to General? thanks...
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Re: Another missed approach at Barnegat Inlet...

Given the weather you describe, I suspect he was attempting to run for cover. A poor decision but likely prompted by exhaustion and likely not a little fear, all of which inhibits clear thinking/decision making. Fortunately he survived. Unfortunately, the yacht may not and in any case he will spend the remainder of his life berating himself at some level for such a dumb move.
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Re: Another missed approach at Barnegat Inlet...

TowBoatU.S. Barnegat Light & Beach Haven The boat was safely removed and towed to a marina in Forked River.
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TowBoatU.S. Barnegat Light & Beach Haven The boat was safely removed and towed to a marina in Forked River.
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Re: Another missed approach at Barnegat Inlet...

I was anchored behind the lighthouse on Saturday night/Sunday morning and it was was nasty overnight when that front came through. I didn't even realize that this had happened though. Glad the crew was ok.
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Re: Another missed approach at Barnegat Inlet...

According to Facebook poster John Mark Basile
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He anchored off shore and fell asleep ,line broke at 2:30 am woke up and had rocks for breakfast.
Glad the sailor is OK, but sorry to see this happen..
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Re: Another missed approach at Barnegat Inlet...

Took a bit of pounding..
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Re: Another missed approach at Barnegat Inlet...

(... must resist making "off-color" snarky comment.... must resist...)

It looks like the boat floundered on the rocks for a while. This also seems to have scrubbed off some of the growth on the hull.
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Re: Another missed approach at Barnegat Inlet...

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Given the weather you describe, I suspect he was attempting to run for cover. A poor decision but likely prompted by exhaustion and likely not a little fear, all of which inhibits clear thinking/decision making. Fortunately he survived. Unfortunately, the yacht may not and in any case he will spend the remainder of his life berating himself at some level for such a dumb move.
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