Six People Recovered from the Water Near Sandy Hook, NJ

NEW YORK (D1 Public Affairs) -Six people were pulled from the water after their 25-foot vessel sank one mile west of Sandy Hook Point, N.J., at about 3:45 p.m. today.

A Good Samaritan and Sea Tow, a commercial salvage company, heard the report via marine band radio channel 16 at 3:40 p.m. that a vessel was taking on water and immediately responded to the scene. The Good Samaritan recovered two of the boaters and the Sea Tow crew pulled three of the people from the water. A rescue crew from Coast Guard Station Sandy Hook arrived on scene at 3:45 p.m. and pulled the remaining person from the water.

The Coast Guard rescue crew transferred the six boaters back to the station where Sea Bright First Aid emergency medical personnel and Sandy Hook Park lifeguards were waiting.

Three of the six people were reportedly treated for minor injuries, exhaustion and the early stages of hypothermia.

Of the six people on board the vessel, two of them were wearing life jackets.

The vessel sank in place and is not posing a hazard to navigation. There is no reported pollution in the water.

“Had it not been for the quick action of the Good Samaritans and the commercial salvage company, the situation could have taken a turn for the worst,” said Lt. j.g. Elisabeth Murtha, Coast Guard Sector New York command duty officer. “Good Samaritans are an excellent volunteer source of assistance, and we hope that mariners are always looking out for each other while on the water.”

Weather on scene was reported at four to five-foot seas and 12-knot winds.

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