A tug boat that ran aground overnight off Philadelphia Avenue in Lavallette has been towed away.
The Sea Cyprus ran aground after 3:30 a.m. Tuesday morning and remained stuck for nearly 12 hours. A second tug, the Smith Hunter, helped free the vessel just before 3 p.m. Tuesday and began towing it farther out to sea. A third tug was traveling north, away from the scene.
The 71-foot tug apparently broke away from a mooring, which caused it to drift toward shore where it became stuck on a shoal, officials said.