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Three Injured After Suction Pipe Bursts on Dredging Vessel in Seaside Heights

Seaside Heights

A suction pipe used to remove material from the ocean floor on board a barge burst to send three people to the hospital Saturday officials told a popular NJ radio station.

According to a published report from reporters at NJ 101.5, Coast Guard Petty Officer Third Class Shannon Kearney, The Coast Guard responded to reports of some type of explosion onboard the barge where they arrived to find several victim suffering non-fatal injuries after the pipe burst.

Kearney said there was no explosion or fire and the Coast Guard will investigate to determine what officially caused the pipe to burst.

According to NJ 101.5, Seaside Heights police detective Stephen Korman said the beach was unaffected by the incident and there was no evacuation.

The US Army Corp of Engineer's dredging project has been going on all summer and when completed will have reduced the risk of storm damage from the Barnegat peninsula to Point Pleasant by removing 11 million cubic yards of sand from the ocean floor and pumping it onto the beaches NJ 101.5 said in the report.

**IMAGE CREDIT:** NJ 101.5