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Coast Guard, good Samaritan rescue 6 from a vessel near Atlantic City, New Jersey

Coast Guard, good Samaritan rescue 6 from a vessel near Atlantic City, New Jersey
Archive image: NEW YORK – An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter and aircrew, from Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City, N.J., flying above the New York Harbor.
The air station’s crewmembers support a wide range of Coast Guard missions, including search and rescue, law enforcement, port security and marine environmental protection.
U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Cynthia Oldham.

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — The Coast Guard and a good Samaritan rescue six boaters after their boat began taking on water approximately 34 miles east of Atlantic City, Thursday.

Watchstanders in the Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay Command Center in Philadelphia received an alert that a 28-foot pleasure craft with six people aboard was taking on water due to the inclement weather and the heavy seas in the area.

An MH-65 Dolphin Short-Range Recovery Helicopter (SRR) aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City launched to assist the boaters.

Once on scene, the MH-65 Dolphin rescue aircrew hoisted two of the boaters to safety while a nearby good Samaritan crew assisted with transferring the last four aboard their vessel.

All six boaters were safely transferred back to shore.

An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew from U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City, N.J., rescue two boaters from their 28-foot pleasure craft, approximately 34 miles east of Atlantic City, June 10, 2021.
The aircrew and a good Samaritan boatcrew rescued six boaters after their vessel began taking on water due to inclement weather.
U.S. Coast Guard video by Petty Officer 3rd Class Breanna Centeno / Air Station Atlantic City.

“These men no doubt made the right call deciding to be rescued in what looked like very unforgiving seas,” said Coast Guard Lt. Cmdr. Matthew Swanner, the MH-65 Dolphin pilot. «Luckily they had life jackets, which aided in their recovery and again, proved to be critical in saving these men. We encourage all boaters to have operable radios, EPIRBs and proper life jackets onboard.»​

Sector Delaware Bay issued an urgent marine information broadcast notifying mariners in the area of the adrift boat, and the owner will make plans to salvage the vessel.

No injuries or pollution were reported.

-USCG-

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