The U.S. Coast Guard, along with state and local responders, rescued five people from the water Sunday after their personal boat capsized at the entrance to Barnegat Inlet.
The rescue got underway after a call to watchstanders came in at approximately 6:57 p.m. Sunday. Coast Guard personnel at Sector Delaware Bay, which has jurisdiction in Ocean County, were informed that a vessel had capsized, stranding six people in the water.
A 29-foot Response Boat-Small crew and a 47-foot Motor Life Boat crew launched from Coast Guard Station Barnegat Light to assist the stranded boaters. The USCG boat crews rescued three people, an off-duty lifeguard rescued two and the remaining boater swam to shore, the Coast Guard said in a statement.
New Jersey State Police troopers, TowBoatUS crews, and a Good Samaritan also assisted with rescue efforts. All five rescued boaters were transported ashore to awaiting emergency medical services personnel. The survivors were reported to be in stable condition, the USCG said.
The identities of those rescued and the type of vessel that capsized were not released in the statement.