Coast Guard rescues four fishemen from life raft

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. – Two Coast Guard helicopter crews from Air Station Atlantic City rescued four fishermen Wednesday who were aboard a life raft after they abandoned their 97-foot fishing boat 30 miles west of Point Pleasant, N.J.

The 97-foot fishing boat Captain Joe sank 30 miles east off the shore of Point Pleasant, N.J.,Wednesday, March 12, 2008, after the four people aboard abandoned ship. Two Coast Guard helicopter crews from Air Station Atlantic City, N.J., rescued the four men who were aboard a life-raft. U.S. Coast Guard file photo courtesy of Sector Field Office Atlantic City, N.J.

Rescued were William Albert, William Albert, Jr., Roy Rogers and Ron Cox.

The Coast Guard received a Mayday call at 8:45 p.m. from a crewman aboard the Captain Joe reporting they were taking on water and abandoning ship. The helicopter crews arrived on scene and located all four fishermen aboard the life-raft.

The aircrews hoisted the men aboard their helicopters and transported them to Jersey Shore Medical Center in Manasquan, N.J., for treatment.

All four men were later released from the hospital. The Captain Joe sank 30 miles off shore.

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