Coast Guard assists 4 from disabled sailboat in Cape May, NJ

5th Coast Guard District News
CAPE MAY, N.J. ― The Coast Guard assisted four people who were aboard a disabled 44-foot sailboat about one mile offshore from Cape May Inlet Saturday.

A 45-foot Response Boat ― Medium crew from Coast Guard Station Cape May was already underway at 1:15 p.m. when crewmembers noticed an unusual-looking sailboat.

Crew members from Coast Guard Station Cape May assist boaters who are aboard a 44-foot sailboat offshore from Cape May, N.J., Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013. The Coast Guard's 45-foot Response Boat - Medium crew was already underway when they spotted the boaters stranded in the heavy weather and towed them to safety. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Fireman Michael Deugwillo)

Crew members from Coast Guard Station Cape May assist boaters who are aboard a 44-foot sailboat Oct. 12, 2013. Coast Guard photo by Fireman Michael Deugwillo

“We noticed the boat was not making way and was beam to the sea, which was especially concerning and odd considering the 8-10 foot waves,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Garrett Dailey, the coxswain. “We hailed them on the radio, and they confirmed they were disabled and not able to make it to shore. All four people aboard were wearing their lifejackets.”

The response boat crew towed the sailboat away from nearby shoal water and into the Cape May Inlet, where the Coast Guard crew passed the tow to commercial tow boat operators who took the sailboat and crew to Utsch’s Marina in Cape May.

No injuries were reported.

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