Coast Guard assists adrift vessel off Sandy Hook, New Jersey

1st Coast Guard District News
NEW YORK – The Coast Guard responded to a disabled recreational vessel east of Sandy Hook, New Jersey, today.

At approximately 1:05 p.m., watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector New York command center in Staten Island, New York, received a report that a 25-foot recreational vessel with one passenger aboard was disabled and adrift 3-miles east of Sandy Hook, New Jersey.

A rescue boatcrew from Coast Guard Station Sandy Hook arrived on scene and towed the disabled vessel to Sheepshead Bay, New York, where another vessel took control of the tow.

“When operating in the harsh winter weather conditions of New York and New Jersey, having the right gear is extremely important,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Richard Heller, a member of Station Sandy Hook. “Before going out on the water it is vital to ensure you have the right gear, and that all of the gear is in good working order.”

No injuries have been reported.

Each year, Coast Guard crews in the Northeast conduct 2,500 search and rescue cases and save 350 lives. With more than 2,000 miles of shoreline to guard, First Coast Guard District crews remind boaters to wear their lifejackets and be prepared with all required safety gear. For more information, visit www.uscgboating.org.

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