Recover the Salty Porkchop

So for those who do and do not know, on 8-27-2017 appx. 9a.m. my boat the Salty Porkchop started taking on water. Some friends and I planned on going out for what would have been one of the last fluke trips of the season. We started the morning out getting to our spot and started catching almost instantly. About 15 to 20 minutes into the trip, I was looking over the side of the boat and thought to myself that I felt the stern of the boat was deeper into the water than normal. First thing i did was open the rear bilge hatch and noticed water gushing in fast. All I could think about was get the motor started and get moving. We just cut all the lines that were in the water and I put the motor in gear and I got on the radio. I had one guy go as far up to the bow to try to keep the water from submersing the batteries while the other tried to bale out water by hand. All I could think about was, we need to get to shore. We were to far from shore and others to attempt anything else. It was the scariest thing I have ever experienced. All I could think about was I had friends on board, and I wasn't going to let anything happen to them. Going very slow we almost made it to land before the motor stalled. The waves pushed us the rest of the way, but were also crashing into the back of the boat, swamping the boat. We all got off safely. We were quickly greeted by life guards from the Edgewater Beach and Cabana Club in Sea Bright. Once the tide started going down I then went to see what went wrong, when I noticed I had a thru hull fitting break off. The Coast Guard then showed up and explained to me that they were calling in a Hazmat company to pump out my fuel before it could cause a hazard. They then informed me that I should be ready to expect the bill, which should be around the area of $9000. The beach club then gave me one more day to try and remove the boat. Someone came out and tried but failed, boat was just too heavy for his machine . The club then explained to me that they called in a recycling company to get rid of it and it would be at my expense. They showed up and drug it out as if they had no care in the world about it, damaging numberous things. Once it was loaded I tried to plead with the company to allow me to take my valuables (including motor) and they told me i could only have it once i paid the bill. $5500 plus storage charge for each day its there. Anyone who knows me, knows I never ask for anything, I always try and find a way to do it on my own. I'm always there for those who need help and I'm now with a heavy heart asking for help to get my boat back before they destroy it. I'm at the point that I dont know what else to do, because of this i now am going to own the Coast Guard appx. $9000, another $5500 plus storage to the storage yard. I'm trying to at least get the boat back so that I can salvage the motor, which is less than 2 years old and I'm still paying on. I'm asking for help to at least get the boat back. All my lost or damaged gear can always be replaced or fixed in time. I need to get things going quickly before they destroy it. I've been given some time but not sure how much they will give me. I appreciate anything anyone can give, I truly do! Attatched is the link  to the New Jersey State Police Facebook page that shows the story. Worst part about this, I have no insurance (I know super stupid of me). Thank you everyone for your support and gratitude....


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Jose Bastos 
Roselle, NJ
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