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ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS, NJ - A pleasure boat sank in the Atlantic Highlands harbor this evening.  Two people made their way off the boat before it sank.  

At approximately 5:30 p.m. the boat was observed traveling over the pilings at the end of the Seastreak pier, which hidden by high tide, apparently puncturing the hull. 

According to Anna Wilson in a facebook post, "We watched it from On the Deck.  (It) came over from (the) Leonardo area, over the pilings, around 5:30 or so, by the Seastreak pier and floundered. Obviously got a hole down the pilings. Made it to a dock to get people off, then started sinking."

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The U.S. Coast Guard responded to the sinking of the roughly 50 foot boat in the harbor. According to MK2 Underwood, the vessel is "not in the channel and not a navigation hazard."   The vessel's owner is in discussion with a commercial marine salvage company to remove the vessel from the water.