Coast Guard crews, Good Samaritan rescue 3 near Cape May, N.J.

CAPE MAY, N.J. – The Coast Guard and a Good Samaritan rescued three people Wednesday aboard a 33-foot boat taking on water 26 miles east of Cape May.

The Coast Guard received a call at 5:40 a.m. from the captain of the Sea Lion stating they were taking on water and were going down fast. A Good Samaritan close by heard the call and arrived on scene to help control the flooding.

A rescue boat crew from Coast Guard Station Cape May, and a rescue helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City, N.J., arrived on scene and dewatered the boat with pumps.

The rescue boat crew is currently escorting Sea Lion and its crew to Cape May Marina.

“It’s great to see Good Samaritans like the crew of the Slammer out there to help,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Jared Meloro, a crewmember at Coast Guard Station Cape May.

All crewmembers of the Sea Lion were wearing life jackets and no injuries were reported.

The Coast Guard would like to remind boaters that filing a float plan, which is simply telling friends or family where you are going and when you are expected to return, as well as having safety equipment aboard such as a marine radio, flares and life jackets will improve your chances of being located in the event of an emergency.

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