Coast Guard rescues boaters from NJ’s Shark River Inlet

5th Coast Guard District NewsASBURY PARK, N.J. — The Coast Guard rescued two people from the hull of a capsized boat in the mouth of Shark River here Sunday.

Rescued were Lee Cuong, 41, from Lester, Pa., and Hai Lee, 42, from Upper Darby, Pa.

A Belmar Police Department member notified Coast Guard watchstanders of the distress via VHF-FM radio hail at 2:21 a.m., reporting two people waving their arms from the 19-foot boats’s overturned hull.

A 25-foot Response Boat – Small crew from Coast Guard Station Shark River arrived on scene at 2:28 a.m., rescued the people and transported them back to the station. The boaters declined medical attention.

“The Coast Guard reminds all mariners that a vessel can capsize very quickly. There may not be time to put on a life jacket or hail for help. Please wear a lifejacket whenever on the water. In addition, keep a registered emergency position indicating radio beacon aboard your vessel so rescue crews can pinpoint your location in an emergency,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Jason McDonnell, a crewmember from the station.

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