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.
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.