PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The Coast Guard and good Samaritans assisted two people Saturday who were injured when an 18-foot pleasure craft and a 36-foot pleasure craft collided in the Atlantic Ocean 1.5 miles south of Long Branch, N.J.
Personnel aboard the No Surrender, a 36-foot pleasure craft with four people aboard, contacted Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay watchstanders via VHF-FM channel 16 at approximately 1:15 p.m. informing them of the incident and that the two people aboard an 18-foot pleasure craft sustained injuries.
Personnel aboard the No Surrender retrieved one man with a head injury and another man reportedly in shock and headed into the Shark River where they were met and escorted to Coast Guard Station Shark River, N.J., by crews aboard a 25-foot Response Boat – Small and a 47-foot Motor Life Boat from the station.
The two injured people were met by an awaiting ambulance crew, and the person with a head injury was taken to the Jersey Shore Memorial Hospital in Neptune, N.J.
Personnel from the New Jersey State Police are on scene, and the cause of the accident is under investigation.