Coast Guard rescues 2 after boat strikes jetty, sinks in Barnegat Inlet

The Coast Guard at Delaware Bay received a radioed distress call Thursday from two people aboard a vessel after they struck a jetty

Two people were rescued by the U.S. Coast Guard Thursday after their damaged boat took on water and sank in Barnegat Inlet, authorities said.

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The Coast Guard at Delaware Bay received a radioed distress call from two people aboard a vessel after they struck a jetty, according to a news release.




Service members from the station at Barnegat Light arrived on scene in an attempt to remove water from the sinking boat, but could not keep up with the flooding, authorities said.

The two people onboard the boat were helped onto the coast guard vessel and brought back to the Barnegat Light station.

A commercial salvage team brought the flooded boat back to shore, the coast guard said.

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No injuries were reported.

Chief Warrant Officer Daniel Capestany, the coast guard’s command duty officer at Delaware Bay, said the rescued boaters were prepared for the emergency.

“The vessel was equipped with a VHF-FM radio to call for help, and both people were wearing their life jackets,” Capestany said in a statement.

“Boaters headed out on the water this Labor Day weekend should be as prepared for an emergency as these boaters were,” Capestany said.

Anthony G. Attrino may be reached at tattrino@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @TonyAttrino. Find NJ.com on Facebook.

 

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