Coast Guard salvages fishing boat in Barnegat Inlet, N.J.

BARNEGAT LIGHT, N.J. – The Coast Guard salvaged a 14-foot fishing boat Tuesday off the south jetty in Barnegat Inlet here after the crewmember aboard fell in the water.

The Coast Guard received a call at 7:28 p.m. from a Good Samaritan reporting an unmanned 14-foot fishing boat doing circles near the south jetty in Barnegat Inlet.

A rescue boat crew from Coast Guard Station Barnegat Light arrived on scene to search for possible people in the water.

In the meantime, another Good Samaritan recovered the crewmember in the water and transported him to Station Barnegat Light where he was transfered to emergency medical personnel. He was reported in good condition.

The person rescued by the Good Samaritan was not wearing a life jacket.

“Life jackets can’t help you unless you’re wearing one,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Michael Bontempo, a crewmember at Coast Guard Station Barnegat Light.

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