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Wall woman, 77, died after SUV went into Manasquan River

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A Wall woman’s car is recovered from the Manasquan River after she drove it off a dock and died at Bogan’s Basin Deep Sea Fishing Center in Brielle.

Asbury Park Press

BRIELLE – A Wall Township woman died after her SUV went into the Manasquan River at Bogan’s Basin Deep Sea Fishing Center Sunday night, according to Police Chief Gary Olsen.

At approximately 9:30 p.m., township police responded to a report of a black Toyota Highlander in the Manasquan River underneath the Route 35 bridge. A 77-year-old woman was trapped inside the vehicle, Olsen said.

An elderly woman was pronounced dead at the hospital after police found her black SUV in the Manasquan River at Bogans Basin Deep Sea Fishing Center Sunday night. (Photo: Tom Costello)

“She actually went down the docks and then maneuvered the vehicle and she ended up going front first into the river,” said Olsen. “Because of the tides and that one bulkhead, the vehicle remained in this immediate area and never went (further out).

Olsen said police were able to quickly locate the SUV, but were not able to safely extract the woman from inside the vehicle until two to three hours later.

Police have not released the woman’s name.

After the woman was removed from the vehicle, she was later rushed to the Hackensack Meridian Health Ocean Medical Center in Brick, where she was pronounced dead.

Tony Bogan, a part-owner of Bogan’s Deep Sea Fishing Center, said he received multiple “motion detector alerts” near the docks around 9:30 p.m., which indicated someone or something was in the area.

Bogan said he pulled up the security footage and saw “a car run into the lally column, back up and then squeeze between the lally column as well as the pillar and then start to drive down the dock into the river.”

“It was pouring at that point, right in the middle of that massive downpour last night and it was even hard to see on the camera that leads into the parking lot because there was so much rain coming down last night,” said Bogan. “When I pulled up the next shot, the car was all the way down at the gang plank at the Jamaica.”

Bogan said surveillance footage also showed a 2½-second clip of the vehicle backing up after colliding with the plank at the Jamaica, a party fishing boat, and then make a left-turn and drive right off the dock into the river.

The SUV then drifted under the River Queen, a paddleboat that offers river cruises. 

Olsen said the woman was also reported missing out of Wall earlier in the evening, where police then linked the two reports.

The incident is currently under investigation by New Jersey State Marine Police, State Police dive team, and Brielle Police.  

Frank’s Towing Company extracted the SUV with a 90-ton crane truck. A reporter at the scene saw the crane rope snap on the first attempt to pull the vehicle out. The company then used a steel cable and successfully pulled the vehicle from the river. 

This is a breaking news story. Follow up on app.com for further updates.

When Jersey Shore native Dan Radel is not reporting the news, you can find him in a college classroom where he is a history professor. Reach him @danielradelapp; 732-643-4072; dradel@gannettnj.com.

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