Sandy-Submerged NJ Roller Coaster to Be Removed This Week After Prince Harry Visit

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    The partially submerged roller coaster swept off a Jersey Shore amusement pier that has become an icon for the damage caused by Sandy will be removed from the ocean this week, NBC 4 New York has learned.

    Casino Pier spokeswoman Toby Wolf says demolition crews with contractor Weeks Marine will begin removing the Jet Star coaster following Prince Harry's visit to storm-wrecked Seaside Heights Tuesday. 

    Seaside Heights Coaster May Remain Submerged

    [NY] Seaside Heights Coaster May Remain Submerged
    The roller coaster that was swept right-side up into the Atlantic Ocean as Hurricane Sandy slammed the Jersey Shore may not be torn down, according to Seaside Heights Mayor Bill Akers. Brian Thompson reports. (Published Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012)

    Wolf said Weeks Marine crews would work on removing the roller coaster using both barges in the water and on-shore equipment.

    She said the removal was expected to be completed within 48 hours.

    Casino Pier requested demolition crews save a portion of the Jet Star, Wolf said. The company plans to install it as part of a memorial on a new Casino Pier expected to be completed some time next year.

    Harry is expected to tour Mantoloking and other storm-ravaged shore communities before a scheduled news conference in Seaside Heights with Gov. Chris Christie.

    The heir to the British throne is expected to travel to New York City later Tuesday and participate in a polo event in Greenwich, Conn., on Wednesday.

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