Coast Guard Finds Jet Skiers Stranded On Barnegat Bay Island
By Oren Liebermann
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ (CBS) – The Coast Guard located two jet skiers reported overdue on Sunday.
The two, Tim and Trevor Jones, told the Coast Guard that they had been setting up to go kite-surfing when their jet ski got away from them.
The son, Trevor, attempted to swim after the jet ski with his life vest on. His father, Tim, followed after his son attempting to catch up to his son.
After trying to reach their jet ski for about 30 minutes they swam to the nearby island where they were found.
Patty Jones, wife of Tim, called the cops after seeing that her son and husband had not returned when the sky began getting darker.
The coast guard launched a 25-foot search and rescue boat while a chopper scanned from above, but conditions on the water were getting worse.
Tim Jones created a shelter made from branches and leaves on the island to keep him and his son dry.
Meanwhile, the coast guard found the jet ski which had drifted about three miles.
“I was trying to hold it together to that point, and then after that phone call the tears started to flow,” said Patty.
At about 3:00 a.m. a boat crew from the Barnegat Light Coast Guard station discovered the father and son after they heard a whistle near an island in Barnegat Bay.
Neither of the two survivors was injured.