State Police are investigating what happened on a boat that washed ashore in Ocean City without the two occupants.


One person is dead and another was being treated in a case that began Wednesday morning with a boat that washed ashore without any passengers in the north end waters of Ocean City.

The call came in at 11:58 a.m. and State Police Atlantic City Marine Station troopers were first on the scene, along with the U.S. Coast Guard.

“We originally responded to a call that came out as an unoccupied vessel. The details on what happened are under investigation,” said Trooper Charles Marchan. “But we have one confirmed fatality.”

Authorities spread out across the north end beach to conduct an investigation.

During the preliminary investigation, troopers determined that a single vessel accident resulted in fatal injuries to a 59-year-old man and injuries to a 73-year-old man, who was taken to an area hospital. No further details were immediately released about the men, including their names or hometowns.

The boat washed ashore at Seacliff Road.

“The case is an active and open investigation at this time,” Marchan said.

Ocean City Fire and Beach Patrol personnel and Longport Beach and Fire were also notified and on scene.

The story is developing and will be updated as details become available.

Nanette LoBiondo Galloway

Award winning journalist covering news, events and people of Atlantic County for more than 20 years.