Coast Guard Station Barnegat Light, good Samaritan rescue 2 off Barnegat Light, NJ

1st Coast Guard District News
BARNEGAT LIGHT — The Coast Guard and a good Samaritan rescued two people Monday after their 31-foot boat capsized about eight miles east of Barnegat Light.

The captain aboard the sinking boat hailed for help via VHF-FM channel 16 radio just before 8 a.m. reporting his position and need for immediate assistance.

Two 47-foot Motor Life Boat crews from Coast Guard Station Barnegat Light and an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City, N.J., deployed to help.

A good Samaritan aboard a nearby boat, Jamaica II, confirmed to Coast Guard watchstanders two people were in the water holding onto life rings. A person aboard Jamaica II rescued one person from the water and one of the MLB crews rescued the other person from the water.

“Having and knowing how to properly use a radio saved their lives,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Andrew Groth, a Station Barnegat Light crewmember. “Had they not been able to send out their position, their lack of life jackets could have been devastating. Always wear a life jacket, and have life rings readily available for worst case scenarios.”

The capsized boat’s captain reported his boat was hit by a series of waves, and the bilge pump was unable to keep up with the flooding.

Both people were taken back to the Coast Guard Station where their care was transferred to emergency medical personnel.

For more information about boating safety, please visit the Coast Guard Boating Safety page.

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