Two Rescued from Sinking Boat After It Strikes Barnegat Inlet Jetty

Sep 03, 2018
Source: United States Coast Guard

Two people were rescued by the Coast Guard after their boat sank in Barnegat Inlet, just off of Long Beach Island, heading into Labor Day weekend, according to authorities.

A stress distress call was received by the Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay Aug. 30 from the two individuals who reported their vessel was taking on water after they reportedly struck the Barnegat Inlet jetty, the Coast Guard 5th District PA Detachment in Atlantic City said in a statement about the incident.

A crew from Coast Guard Station Barnegat Light, aboard a 24-foot shallow water vessel, responded to the incident. When they arrived on scene, they attempted to bail out the water from the vessel but could not keep up with the flooding, according to the statement.

The two people, who have not been identified, were transferred to the Coast Guard boat, and brought back to the Barnegat Light Coast Guard station. Commercial salvage brought the flooded boat back to shore. No injuries were reported.

“This was the perfect example of boaters being prepared for an emergency,” said Chief Warrant Officer Daniel Capestany, the command duty officer at Sector Delaware Bay. “The vessel was equipped with a VHF-FM radio to call for help, and both people were wearing their life jackets.”  —G.G.S.

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