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

By Brian Thompson
|  Monday, May 13, 2013  |  Updated 12:19 PM EDT
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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.
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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. 

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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