A member of the Point Pleasant Police Department contacted the Coast Guard at approximately 10:15 p.m. reporting the disabled boat in the inlet, which had lost power due to a mechanical failure, hit the jetty and ran aground.
A 47-foot Motor Life Boat crew from Coast Guard Station Manasquan Inlet, who are still recovering from the effects of Hurricane Sandy, rescued the three people and took them back to the station.
“This case highlights how quickly even professional mariners can find themselves in distress,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Daniel Wishnoff, a crewmember from Station Manasquan Inlet. “As of Oct. 16, all commercial mariners who operate beyond three nautical miles from shore are required by law to have a dockside safety exam on their vessels. This will help ensure safe operations are being conducted and necessary safety equipment is being used.”
No injuries were reported.