Coast Guard Rescues Six Off Long Beach Island, NJ, After Boat Hits Channel Marker
A U.S. Coast Guard crew from Coast Guard Station Beach Haven and the Beach Haven Volunteer Fire Department rescued six boaters after their 30-foot boat struck a steel pole channel marker near Ham Island early Sunday morning.
The Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay Command Center posted on Facebook that they received a call from a good Samaritan at 12:18 a.m., saying he overheard a large crash and several calls for help in the vicinity of Ham Island.
A 29-foot Response Boat-Small boat crew from Coast Guard Station Beach Haven was launched to the scene at about 2:20 a.m., along with an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City, and a jet ski crew from Beach Haven Volunteer Fire Department. Beach Haven Police Department shore crews were also launched.
Once on scene, the Station Beach Haven boat crew, and the Beach Haven Volunteer Fire Department jet ski crews were able to successfully rescue all six boaters from the water. They had all sustained several injuries from the crash.
A Coast Guard boat crew and the Beach Haven Volunteer Fire Department jet ski crews were able to pull the people from the water, the Coast Guard said. The people all had “several injuries” caused by the crash and were taken to local hospitals for treatment, according to the guard.
Boaters were advised to watch for debris from the crash, and the Coast Guard said it was working to repair the navigation aid.