Coast Guard, good Samaritan assist 5 near Atlantic City, N.J.

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. – The Coast Guard and a good Samaritan assisted five people aboard a 55-foot fishing boat after they were taking on water 83 miles east of Atlantic City Thursday.

The Coast Guard received a call at approximately 4:30 p.m. from the crew of the fishing boat Monica reporting the fishing boat Eaglet II was flooding in both engine rooms and the fish hold. They also reported they were on scene and the Eaglet II had three dewatering pumps aboard and the flooding under control.

The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Dependable arrived on scene and sent a boarding team aboard the Eaglet II to assess the situation. The Dependable escorted the Eaglet and its crew until the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Ibis arrived on scene and took over the escort.

The Ibis will continue to escort the Eaglet II to Barnegat Light Inlet, N.J., where a rescue boat crew from Coast Guard Station Barnegat Light will escort the Eaglet II to the pier and conduct an inspection of the boat.

No injuries were reported.

The Coast Guard urges fishermen to obtain a free, no-fault Commercial Fishing Vessel Safety Exam conducted by the Coast Guard and Coast Guard Auxiliary.

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