Coast Guard Assists Vessel in Distress in Ambrose Channel

ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS, N.J. – The Coast Guard towed a 43-foot pleasure boat and two people to safety after it began taking on water near buoy 1 in the Ambrose Channel shortly after 4:00 p.m. yesterday.

The vessel ENIGMA, a cabin cruiser home ported in Montreal, Canada, suffered a crack in the port exhaust which reportedly caused the vessel to take on water.

A Coast Guard Station Sandy Hook 41-foot rescue boat crew arrived on scene just before 4:30 p.m. and began using pumps to dewater the ENIGMA. The vessel reportedly had accumulated about eight inches of water.

The Coast Guard rescue crew towed the ENIGMA to the Atlantic Highlands Municipal Marina, while a crewmember remained aboard and continued dewatering the vessel.

Both passengers aboard the ENIGMA we=re wearing their lifejackets. There are no reports of injuries or pollution.

The sea condition is mild with 2-3 foot waves.

“The best thing boaters can do in a situation like this is to remain calm, clearly report their vessel’s position and condition, and place everyone in a lifejacket,” said Lt.j.g. Kathryn Campagnini, Coast Guard Sector New York command watch officer.

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