Coast Guard Station Sandy Hook rescues 2 people from capsizing sailboat

1st Coast Guard District News
NEW YORK – The Coast Guard rescued two people from the water after their boat began capsizing near Sandy Hook, New Jersey, on Friday.

Coast Guard Station Sandy Hook received a report of a capsizing vessel with two people in the water near Station Sandy Hook.

The station launched a rescue boatcrew and arrived on scene with the two sailors and the 21-foot sailboat in approximately five minutes.

“They must have been in the water for some time before we received the call, because they were already showing signs of hypothermia,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Robert Heller, of Station Sandy Hook. “The fact that they were wearing life jackets tremendously increased their chance of survival.”

The Station Sandy Hook boatcrew recovered the two men from the water, and placed the sailboat in a stern tow.

Once in tow the rescue boatcrew righted the sailboat, and brought the vessel and people to Atlantic Highlands, NJ.

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