Coast Guard rescues two people after overturning sailboat

Two people are safe after members of the U.S. Coast Guard rescued them from choppy waters near Little Egg Inlet on Friday night.

Fierce winds and heavy rain fell on the Jersey Shore, New Jersey, and throughout the Tri-State area as well Friday and throughout the weekend, making outdoor activity near impossible and especially dangerous.

A 33ft sailboat, which goes by the name ‘Free Bird’, then rolled over and ran aground near Little Egg Inlet, according to the US Coast Guard.

At approximately 8:00 p.m., a radio call was sent to Delaware Bay Coast Guard sector watchmen indicating that the boat was in danger as it headed for Atlantic City with two people on board.

That’s when US Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City dispatched an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter and Coast Guard Stations Atlantic City and Barnegat Light responded via lifeboats to assist the stranded people, both of whom were on board the ship that ran aground. .

Coast Guard crews aboard the helicopter then brought the people back on board and brought them back to the air station for medical attention.

“With high winds, driving rain and thunderstorms in the area, our crew worked to quickly lower the lifeguard to assist the couple,” said US Coast Guard Lt. Humberto Hernandez – a pilot who participated. to rescue – in writing. statement. “Our swimmer was able to walk through the shallow breaking waves to the Free Bird and help people away from the vessel to facilitate a safer accommodation situation away from the mast of the overturned vessel.”

The Coast Guard said the two people who were rescued are believed to be in good condition.

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