Coast Guard rescues 2 after boat fire near Manasquan Inlet, N.J.

MANASQUAN INLET, N.J. – The Coast Guard rescued two people Saturday after the boat they were aboard caught fire five miles east of Manasquan Inlet.

The Coast Guard received a call at 6:35 p.m. from a crewmember aboard the Finally reporting their boat was on fire, they were abandoning ship and getting into a life raft.

A rescue boat crew from Coast Guard Station Shark River, N.J., arrived on scene, rescued the two people and transported them to Station Shark River were they were transferred to awaiting emergency medical personnel.

One person suffered from smoke inhalation. The other person had no injuries.

“The direction-finding capability of the Coast Guard’s Rescue 21 system indicated the crew of the Finally was not in the position initially reported,” said Tom Peck, a watchstander at Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay’s Command Center in Philadelphia. “Utilizing this technology, we were able to direct the boat crew from Coast Guard Station Shark River to the position of the survivors in their life raft 10 miles from the reported position.”

Rescue 21 revolutionizes how the Coast Guard uses command, control, and communications for all missions within the coastal zone. The system:

  • where feasible, incorporates direction-finding equipment to improve locating mariners in distress
  • improves interoperability amongst federal, state, and local agencies
  • enhances clarity of distress calls
  • allows simultaneous channel monitoring
  • upgrades the playback and recording feature of distress calls
  • reduces coverage gaps for coastal communications and along navigable rivers and waterways
  • supports Digital Selective Calling for registered users
  • in the Contiguous 48 States, provides portable towers for restoration of communications during emergencies or natural disasters

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