Sea-Doo Lost During Hurricane Sandy Found 6 Years Later


This is a remarkable story from NJ.com. Six years after a Sea-Doo was lost during Hurricane Sandy has been returned to its owner, Hillside Fire Department fireman, Douglas Ferrigno. During the hurricane, the machine was torn away from the dock behind Ferrigno’s Pelican Island home. Someone found it and unfortunately reported an incorrect tag number and Ferrigno thought his Sea-Doo was a victim of the storm. Last week, Ferrigno posted a photo of his missing Sea-Doo on his Facebook page. The old photo featured the Sea-Doo secured to the dock prior to Hurricane Sandy.

The remains of another PWC were found while another ski sat damaged and unclaimed at an empty damaged waterfront home in Brick,NJ. The home was undergoing renovations and a contractor was preparing to remove the beat up Sea-Doo and decided to have the police run the numbers a second time and sure enough, it was Ferrigno’s ski. He received a call July 2cd from the Brick Township Police and was in disbelief that his ski was found.

Ferrigno drove 6 miles, 6 years later to find his Sea-Doo with all its parts and in working order. The cover was still secured to the machine, which kept the rain out and the key in the ignition. He took the Sea-Doo home, replaced the battery, spark plugs, and added new gas. The Sea-Doo cranked over and it’s back on the dock as though it never left.

Ferrigno considered finding his Sea-Doo a blessing after reeling from the devastating effects of the storm. He was only able to move back into his home in April and hadn’t purchased a new PWC so the return of his old Sea-Doo makes him feel as though things are back to normal.

“We all went through devastation down there,” Ferrigno said. “It’s a nice symbol to know that good things can happen. I got it out yesterday. It’s out in the water. It’s like nothing ever happened to it.”

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An avid mountain and bodyboarder who lives by "if you don't go, you'll never know," with an affinity for wildlife and animal rescue; surf forecasting is a huge part of Ocean's life and was a winner in Red Bull's Project Swell several years ago. The 2014 LB2CAT was her first jet ski competition and can't wait to do it again!

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