Coast Guard rescues 4 from sinking vessel near Barnegat Light, NJ

Coast Guard District 1 NewsBARNEGAT LIGHT, N.J. – The Coast Guard rescued four people after the 38-foot sailing vessel they were aboard struck a submerged jetty here Thursday.

Coast Guard watchstanders received a VHF-FM channel 16 radio hail at approximately 7:20 p.m. from crewmembers aboard Odes of Joy reporting their vessel was rapidly taking on water and in need of assistance.

A 47-foot Motor Life Boat crew from Coast Guard Station Barnegat Light arrived on-scene and rescued the people from the sinking vessel. They were transported back to the station where they were reported in good condition.

A VHF-FM radio is inexpensive and is the primary means to contact the Coast Guard during an emergency. Approximately 20,000 distress calls are received yearly on the international distress frequency, which also serves as the primary means for broadcasting urgent marine information to mariners.

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