Coast Guard Station Atlantic City rescues 2 from disabled boat in Absecon Inlet, NJ

5th Coast Guard District News
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — The Coast Guard rescued two boaters Monday from a disabled 19-foot boat in Absecon Inlet.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Station Atlantic City received a call at 3:40 p.m. from a good Samaritan on Brigantine Beach who reported a boat in the mouth of Absecon Inlet was towing a sailboat and appeared to be having difficulties.

A 25-foot Response Boat-Small crew from Station Atlantic City responded to the distress.

The man aboard the 19-foot boat said he was towing his sailboat into Absecon Inlet when a large wave broke over the sailboat’s stern, causing the sailboat to disable the 19-foot boat he and one other person were aboard. As a result, the man said he dropped the anchor to the 19-foot boat.

Once anchored, the sailboat came close to the 19-foot vessel, so the boater cut the tow line to his sailboat.

“We initially planned to pull alongside the disabled vessel, but the sea conditions were too unsafe,” said Petty Officer Justin Lacy, the coxswain of the Coast Guard response boat. “We decided to throw a heaving line to the passengers and instructed them to enter the water one at a time. The two people lowered themselves into the water and we were able to safely pull them onto our boat.”

The two people were taken to the Coast Guard station with no reported injuries.

A commercial towing company recovered the 19-foot boat and arrangements are being made to recover the sailboat.

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