Coast Guard probes why boat ran aground

Three individuals, including the captain, were aboard the Jessica Heather at about 11:10 p.m. when it ran aground, Coast Guard spokesman Lt. Eric Leese said. Initial reports show the captain of the ship was not at the helm and that one of the two mates onboard was driving and may have fallen asleep, Leese said.

The Coast Guard received a call just after midnight about the beached boat, which remained stuck on the beach for almost 18 hours near the Pier Shops at Caesars.

Leese said the ship had been out on the ocean at an undetermined distance from shore to begin its fishing for the night.

Before beginning their work, one crew member announced they had a family emergency that required the vessel to turn around and head back to Atlantic City, according to initial reports, Leese said.

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