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Party boat captain from Carteret pulled from water by fisherman in Highlands dies

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HIGHLANDS — A party boat captain, who was pulled from the water by another commercial fisherman who tried to perform CPR on the man, died from a still undetermined cause, the New Jersey State Police said.

The State Police Marine Services Bureau, which has a station in Atlantic Highlands, went to the aid of what was first reported as a swimmer in distress in the Shrewsbury River shortly before 10:30 a.m. Wednesday. Watch the video above from a 2020 rescue of fishermen.


When troopers arrived, Stanley Zagleski III, 53, of Carteret had already been lifted out of the water, said Sgt. Philip Curry of the state police.

The unnamed fisherman found Zagleski floating in the river where it meets Sandy Hook Bay, Curry said.

Zagleski was taken to Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch, where he was pronounced dead.

Zagleski was captain of the Elaine B II, docked at Bahrs Landing Marina. A message on the boat’s website announced the passing of Zagleski Wednesday.

He had just taken over the business after his father Stanely Zagleski Sr. died in his sleep last April at the age of 76 following a short illness.  His father started the business in 1974 with the original Elaine B before purchasing the current Elaine B II in 1986. 


Capt. Tom Buban of the Atlantic Star, a party boat that docks in the Atlantic Highlands, said the Zagleskis pretty much kept to themselves and worked hard at their trade.

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“It’s a real shame what happened. He could have done well with his father’s business,” Buban said.

Investigators were still trying to determine what exactly happened to Zagleski and where the boat was during the fatal incident.

“We don’t know if he fell off or if there was some kind of medical emergency,” Curry said.


There’s no word on a cause of death.

Ken Serrano has covered crime, breaking news, investigations and local issues in New Jersey for more than 20 years. Reach him at 732-643-4029 or [email protected]

Source: Asbury Park


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