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One Dead Following Boat Collision Off Of Long Branch, NJ

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LONG BRANCH, N.J. (AP) — State police say one man was killed and another hurt when two boats collided off central New Jersey.

But it’s not clear what caused the collision between the 18-foot and 36-foot pleasure crafts. The accident occurred around 1:15 p.m. Saturday in the Atlantic Ocean, about 1.5 miles south of Long Branch.

The two victims were in the smaller craft. One man suffered a head injury and later died at a hospital, while the other apparently went into shock.

Four people were in the 36-foot craft, but none were injured.

Coast Guard officials say personnel aboard the larger craft reported the collision and bought the two men aboard their vessel. They then headed into the Shark River and met crews from Coast Guard Station Shark River, who escorted them to shore.

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