36 Children Rescued from Capsized Boats near Manasquan Inlet

MANASQUAN INLET, N.J. – Local police with the assistance of the Coast Guard rescued 36 children, ranging in ages from 7 to 16, from the water after approximately 25 to 30 small sailing boats capsized in the back bay of Shark River, N.J., during a two-week sailing camp Monday.

The Coast Guard received a call at 10:36 a.m. from Monmouth County dispatchers reporting the sailing vessels capsized due to weather.

A rescue boat crew from Coast Guard Station Manasquan Inlet arrived on scene and acted as on-scene commander for communications while Avon-by-the-Sea and Belmar Police departments assisted in the rescue of the camp group.

All 36 children were wearing life jackets.

No injuries have been reported.

“We work together. We train together, and when it comes to cases like this everyone knows what everyone is going to do, and nine times out of ten, we achieve the goal that we want,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Brian Martin, officer of the day at Station Manasquan Inlet.

Editors note: This story has been edited to reflect that the Coast Guard acted as on-scene commander and did not directly rescue any of the children.

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