Coast Guard comes to the aid of 2 disabled boaters in southern New Jersey waterway

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ATLANTIC CITY, New Jersey — The Coast Guard came to the aid of two boaters who were aboard a disabled 19-foot boat in a southern New Jersey waterway.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Station Atlantic City received a call around 3:40 p.m. Monday from a good Samaritan on Brigantine Beach, who reported a boat in the mouth of Absecon Inlet was towing a sailboat and appeared to be having difficulties.

A 25-foot response boat-small crew from Coast Guard Station Atlantic City responded to the scene, and it was soon learned that a man aboard the 19-foot boat had been towing his sailboat into the inlet when a large wave broke over the sailboat's stern.

That caused the sailboat to disable the 19-foot boat the man and another person were aboard. As a result, the man dropped the anchor to the 19-foot boat.

Once anchored, the sailboat came close to the 19-foot vessel, so the boater cut the tow line to his sailboat.

The Coast Guard crew initially planned to pull alongside the disabled vessel. But since the sea conditions were too unsafe, they instead threw a heaving line to the boaters and instructed them to enter the water one at a time.

The two boaters were soon safely pulled in to the Coast Guard boat. They did not suffer any injuries during the incident.

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