Good Samaritan rescues 8 near Cape May, N.J.

CAPE MAY, N.J. – A Good Samaritan rescued eight people who were aboard a sinking 48-foot boat 55 miles east of Cape May Saturday.

The Coast Guard received a call at 11:17 a.m. from a crew member aboard the American Lady reporting the sport fishing boat Always Late was taking on water and the crew needed assistance.

The Coast Guard issued an urgent marine information broadcast to mariners and four boats responded to the broadcast.

Good Samaritans aboard the sport fishing boat Marli arrived on scene and rescued seven of the crew members aboard the boat. One crew member remained on the sinking boat in an attempt to salvage it.

A rescue helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City, N.J., arrived on scene and lowered a rescue swimmer with a pump to assist the crewman in controlling the flooding.

The rescue swimmer and the crewman were unable to control the flooding and had to abandon the boat. The Marli rescued the remaining crew member.

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