Boaters hospitalized after their craft strikes jetty

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AVON-BY-THE-SEA — A Freehold Township couple was hospitalized after their private boat hit the jetty at the East End beach in Avon late Saturday night.

According to Avon-By-The-Sea Police Chief Terry Mahon, Edward Grinshpun, 57, and his wife Dina, 60, were taking their boat to Toms River at the time of the accident. They were coming from New York, where they had spent the day, and had left at about 10 p.m., the chief said.

A 911 call was received at 12:19 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 27, reporting that a boat had crashed into the jetty. The Grinsphuns were found holding onto the boat and jetty when the police responded from Avon, Bradley Beach and the State Police Marine Division, along with the Area Network of Shore Water Emergency Responders.The couple was taken to Jersey Shore University Medical Center, in Neptune City, with non-life threatening injuries. They remained in the hospital as of midday Monday.

The Grinshpun’s told police officers that as they were heading down the coastline, they did not realize how close they were to the shore and struck the jetty.

An inspection of the boat determined that only the hull was damaged. There was no damage to the gas tank and therefore no fuel spill. Police pulled the boat up onto the beach over the weekend and cordoned off the area where it sat. As of noon on Monday, Aug. 28, authorities were in the process of pulling the boat off of the beach.

PHOTO COURTESY OF BILL COOGAN

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Erin Brautigan
Erin Brautigan is a Reporter for The Coast Star and The Ocean Star. She can be reached at 732-223-0076 Ext 26 or by email at ebrautigan@thecoaststar.com.