Two Rescued from Sailboat Aground, Overturned off Little Egg Inlet, NJ
ATLANTIC CITY — Coast Guard authorities say two people were rescued after their sailboat ran aground and overturned in breaking surf off New Jersey.
Officials say the 33-foot sailing vessel Free Bird was heading for Atlantic City when it ran aground and began heeling over in shoals near Little Egg Inlet at about 8 PM Friday.
An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter and rescue boats responded and found the vessel “hard aground and on its side in breaking surf" with both people aboard.
A rescue swimmer was lowered and helped the two people away from the overturned vessel and its mast to allow them to be hoisted to safety. The two were reported in good condition and were to coordinate salvage plans for the vessel.