By: Katie Francis, Follow South Jersey Public Health Intern
WILDWOOD, N.J. — Nobody was injured when a boat was beached in North Wildwood, where the shoreline was packed with beachgoers on Tuesday afternoon.
At around 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, a relaxing beach day turned into a close call for visitors between 12th and 13th Street in Wildwood. According to eyewitnesses, the boat quickly approached the shore at “full speed.”
Ryan and Tiffany Rettew said in an interview with 6ABC that the boat was heading directly towards them. The mother and son from Hatboro, Pennsylvania were sitting in their beach chairs when they noticed the boat was getting closer to shore, which is when they sprung up and ran. According to Tiffany, their chairs got run over, but she is thankful that they are safe.
Witnesses said that a man, two women, and a dog were on board the boat at the time of its beaching. According to police, everyone on board, as well as everyone on the beach and in that part of the ocean at the time, was unharmed.
Just a few days ago, a similar situation occurred in a nearby beach town when a pilot was forced to touch down his banner plane on a bridge in Ocean City due to engine trouble.
The boat was removed by towing company Sea Tow, and the North Wildwood police are still investigating the situation. As of now, no charges have been filed.
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This article was produced by a Follow South Jersey news intern thanks to a grant provided by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation through the New Jersey Health Initiatives program to create hyper-local news to meet the informational and health needs of the City of Bridgeton, N.J.