Coast Guard rescues two men after their boat sank off Jersey Shore

Coast Guard aircrews stand with two crew members of a vessel that sank 37 miles off Barnegat Light, N.J.


By CHRIS FRANKLIN | NJ Advance Media Group | Published: July 28, 2020

(Tribune News Service) — Two people are safe after their vessel sunk just off the coast of Barnegat Light on Tuesday morning.

The Coast Guard said they were notified of a 68-foot fishing vessel occupied by two men that was taking on water 33 miles off the coast of Barnegat Light Tuesday at 5:30 a.m.

The Coast Guard sent out an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew from Atlantic City, and its cutter, the Angela McShan, to head to the sinking boat. Members of the crew were found near a debris field left after the ship sank and they set off a flare.

“The crew’s use of their emergency equipment helped Coast Guard search crews locate them quickly and prevent loss of life today,” Sector Delaware Bay Command Duty Officer David Umberger said in a statement. “The Coast Guard encourages all boaters to properly register EPIRB devices to their vessels to aid search efforts during emergencies.”

Both men were taken safely to land after their rescue.

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