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Barnegat Light Coast Guard Rescues 6 People In Two Separate Incidents On Friday

(credit: U.S. Coast Guard)

(credit: U.S. Coast Guard)

BARNEGAT LIGHT, N.J. — Crewmembers from Coast Guard Station Barnegat Light rescued six people in two separate incidents on Friday.

A crewmember aboard a 42-foot sailboat contacted Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay watchstanders at about 5:30 a.m. reporting a sailboat was disabled 25 miles offshore from Barnegat Light.

The crewmember said there were four people aboard the sailboat, the engine was inoperable and they could not use the boat’s rudder.

A crew aboard a 47-foot Motor Life Boat from Coast Guard Station Barnegat Light responded and towed the sailboat and crew safely ashore.

Another incident occurred at about 8:30 a.m. A person aboard a 21-foot center console boat called Coast Guard watchstanders to report the boat ran aground in Oyster Creek near the Barnegat Bay.

The man said the other passenger aboard, a 47-year-old man, injured his head on the boat’s windshield and was in need of medical assistance.

A crew aboard a 24-foot Special Purpose Craft – Shallow Water from Station Barnegat Light launched and medevaced the patient and other crewmember. The two men were taken to the Coast Guard station where the patient’s care was transferred to an ambulance crew.

A local towboat company salvaged the 21-foot boat.

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