Coast Guard rescues mother, child from marsh near Stone Harbor, NJ

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. ─ The Coast Guard rescued a mother and her 9-year-old daughter from their orange and blue kayaks after they became stuck in a marsh near Stone Harbor Wednesday afternoon.

A New Jersey State Police Department member contacted a watchstander at Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City at about 3:40 p.m. reporting the department had an officer on location with the two people, but needed assistance to rescue them. The two were kayaking in the marshy area when the tide went out and left them aground.

Two MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crews from the air station responded to the distress call. One of the crews hoisted the woman and child at about 4:30 p.m. and transported them to Cape May County Airport in Cape May, where emergency medical personnel were waiting to provide any needed medical care.

The Coast Guard reminds mariners that having required and recommended safety equipment aboard, such as life jackets and reliable means of communications, can help save one’s life.

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