Nine Rescued From Sinking Boat Near North Jetty At Barnegat Light
Coast Guard and Sea Tow responded
The U.S. Coast Guard and Sea Tow rescued five adults and four children from a sinking boat near the north jetty of Barnegat Inlet Sunday afternoon.
A nearby boater contacted watchstanders at Coast Guard Station Barnegat Light at about 1:30 p.m. to report seeing the recreational boat hitting the submerged jetty, and that the boat was quickly sinking, according to a Coast Guard spokesperson.
Upon arriving on scene, the RBS crew rescued six people from the water, and Sea Tow crewmembers, who were already on scene, rescued the other three. The Sea Tow crew also dislodged the boat from the jetty, the spokesman said.
All of the people were transported back to the station where their care was transferred to awaiting emergency medical personnel.
“Everyone saved from the water today was wearing a life jacket," said Petty Officer 2nd Class Edward Powell, a crewmember from the station. "The Coast Guard highly recommends wearing a life jacket at all times on the water, and by law, children must wear one. The boat sank very quickly; this is the perfect example of why always wearing a life jacket on the water is the best way to ensure the safety of yourself and your family.”