Coast Guard crews, Good Samaritan rescue 3 near Fortescue Inlet, N.J.

FORTESCUE INLET, N.J. – The Coast Guard and a Good Samaritan rescued three people Friday five miles southeast of Fortescue Inlet, N.J., after their 22-foot boat was taking on water and sank.

The Coast Guard received a call at 10:04 a.m. from a crew member aboard the Big Trout reporting they were taking on water. A Good Samaritan aboard the Serenity reported to the Coast Guard they rescued two of the three people from the water.

A rescue boat crew from Coast Guard Station Fortescue Inlet, and a rescue helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City, N.J., arrived on scene.

The boat crew rescued the remaining person from the water at approximatley 11:00 a.m.

All three people were transferred to the Coast Guard boat and transported to Anchor Marina in Maurice River, N.J.

No injuries were reported.

“It is always a good idea to make sure all your gear is in working order before you leave the dock,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Joshua Cooklin, a crew member aboard the rescue boat. “Their GPS was not functioning properly, and it took a little longer to find them.”

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