Coast Guard rescues three after vessel takes on water near Keansburg, N.J.

NEW YORK – The U.S. Coast Guard rescued three mariners after their vessel began taking on water near Keansburg, N.J., around 7:25 p.m. this evening.

A rescue boat crew from Coast Guard Station Sandy Hook, the New York Fire Department and Towboat US all responded to the distress call.

“The vessel was taking on water at a very high rate and the engines were completely submerged by the time our crews got on scene,” said Petty Officer 3rd Class Felix Moreau, the engineer of the Station Sandy Hook crew which responded. “Our crew recovered two of the people and dewatered the craft, which Towboat US towed to Lentz Marina in Keansburg.”

The mariners were also taken to Lentz Marina. No injuries were reported.

The source of the leak could not be identified and the vessel will be hauled out for inspection.

Weather on scene was reported as 10-mile-per-hour winds and two-foot seas at the time of the incident.

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