Update: Missing LBI Jet-Skiers Found Safe After Search
Father and son were traveling from North Beach to Carvel Island
The U.S. Coast Guard located two jet skiers Monday in the bay off Long Beach Island after they were reported overdue late Sunday.
A boat crew from Coast Guard Station Barnegat Light heard a whistle near an island while searching Barnegat Bay, which led them to a father and son who had been reported overdue.
Watchstanders from Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay in Philadelphia received notification around 9:30 p.m. of the pair, who were traveling aboard a personal watercraft that left from the North Beach Community Dock in the North Beach section of Long Beach Township to Carvel Island in Barnegat Bay, according to a statement from the Coast Guard.
A Coast Guard helicopter could be seen making low passes over the bay through the night between Sunday and Monday.
The survivors told rescuers they were setting up to go kite surfing when their jet ski got away from them. They swam to the island where they were later found. The Coast Guard said in a statement Monday morning that the pair were brought ashore and had no medical concerns.
Their identities were not released.
"We're very pleased with the outcome of this search and rescue case," said Chief Warrant Officer Jay Greiner, commanding officer of Station Barnegat Light.
"The father and son were very wise to stay together, remain calm, wear their life jackets, and wait for responders to find them. Simple boating safety practices can truly make a difference during a distress situation."