Coast Guard Aids Vessel Near Sandy Hook, N.J.

SANDY HOOK, N.J. – The Coast Guard is escorting a 37-foot sailing vessel to an Atlantic Highlands, N.J. marina after its three-person crew reported taking on water approximately three miles south of Sandy Hook, N.J. at 12:29 p.m. today.

The crew of the Double Eagle, home ported out of Boston, reported they were using two dewatering pumps in an attempt to remain afloat. There are no reports of injuries

“When the crew placed their distress call the Coast Guard immediately had them put on their life jackets,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Kevin Buckwald, Station Sandy Hook’s officer of the day.

Two Coast Guard Station Sandy Hook rescue boat crews and an Air Station Atlantic City helicopter rescue crew immediately responded. The rescue boat crews were on scene within 30 minutes.

Once on scene, one Coast Guard rescue boat crew passed two additional P-6 dewatering pumps to the Double Eagle crew to stabilize the vessel. The Coast Guard boat crew is escorting the Double Eagle to a marina in Atlantic Highlands, N.J.

“Safety equipment such as sound producing devices, life jackets and flares are equipment that can save your life at sea,” said Buckwald. “These people were well prepared today and averted what could have been a tragedy.”

The Coast Guard would like to remind all boaters that they can obtain free safety checks from the Coast Guard Auxiliary and U.S. Power Squadron.

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