4 injured in N.J. boat crash, authorities say

(Courtesy of U.S. Coast Guard)

(Courtesy of U.S. Coast Guard)

Four people suffered injuries of varying severity in a Cape May County boat crash Monday evening, authorities say.

The Coast Guard says a good Samaritan reported the collision on Sunset Lake near Wildwood around 8:30 p.m.

Coast Guard Station Cape May launched a 29-foot response boat. Two passengers boarded the Coast Guard boat, while a tow boat took the remaining passengers.

All were transported to the Schooner Island Marina, where local EMS personnel were waiting to provide assistance.

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NJ.com reported that multiple people were tossed into the water when the collision occurred.

“We effected a very quick response to the collision thanks to the timely report made by a good Samaritan,” said Chief Warrant Officer Daniel Capestany, Command Duty Officer for the Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay Command Center. “Having the ability to call the Coast Guard in a critical moment can be the difference between life and death in some cases.”

Authorities did not provide any additional information.

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