Coast Guard and Good Samaritan rescue six people from grounded vessel

NEW YORK-A Coast Guard crew from Coast Guard Station Sandy Hook, N.J., rescued four people after their 31-foot vessel, Jersey Dawn, ran aground on wood pilings near Keyport, N.J., about 2:30 p.m. today.

A Good Samaritan nearby also responded and rescued two other people from the grounded vessel.

All six people were transported to the Keyport Marina in Keyport, N.J. They were all wearing life jackets.

The vessel’s propellers became caught on the underwater pilings while it was transiting en-route to the marina.

Coast Guard Station Sandy Hook received the call via marine band radio channel 16 at 11:40 a.m. and immediately launched a rescue crew.

There were no injuries or reports of pollution in the water.

“Its very important to be aware of your surroundings at all times while boating,” said Lt. j.g. Timothy McDonald, Coast Guard Sector New York command duty officer. “Vigilance and situational awareness is key to staying safe on the water.”

The vessel’s owner plans to re-float the Jersey Dawn at high tide.

Coast Guard Sector New York has issued a safety marine broadcast to alert mariners to use caution while transiting in the area.

Weather on scene was reported as 10-mile per hour winds and one to two-foot seas.

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