Coast Guard tows 2 boats after Atlantic City Airshow

A Coast Guard Station Atlantic City, N.J., 47-foot Motor Lifeboat boat crew tows a boat Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015. The boat was taking on water with inoperable bilge pumps near the Absecon Inlet following the 2015 Atlantic City Airshow. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer Nick Ameen)

A Coast Guard Station Atlantic City, N.J., 47-foot Motor Lifeboat boat crew tows a boat Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer Nick Ameen)

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — The Coast Guard towed two boats to safety Wednesday at the conclusion of the Atlantic City Airshow.

Boat crews from Coast Guard Station Atlantic City used two 47-foot Motor Lifeboats to tow the boats to the vicinity of the Farley State Marina.

The first case was a disabled 16-foot pleasure craft with two men aboard. The boat was disabled near the Absecon Inlet and started drifting toward the jetty.

The second case, also near the Absecon Inlet, was a boat taking on water with inoperable bilge pumps.

“The boat crew took immediate action,” said Petty Officer 3rd Class Emily Fluharty, a boat crewmember on the first case. “It set off a lot of adrenaline right away. I think we’re trained very well to handle these kinds of situations. We acted quickly, safely and efficiently and we pulled them away from the jetty without any issues.”

The Station Atlantic City boat crews spent the day enforcing a safety zone for the Atlantic City Airshow along with boat crews from the Coast Guard Auxiliary, the New Jersey State Police Marine Division, the Ocean City Police Department and the Avalon Fire Department.

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