It was a busy weekend for the U.S. Coast Guard in South Jersey.
The first call came Saturday, involving a boat crew from Coast Guard Station Cape May towing a sailboat disabled in a bay, according to an agency release.
Then around 11 p.m. Saturday, a helicopter crew from Station Atlantic City began a search and rescue mission, hoisting two mildly hypothermic fishermen to safety shortly after midnight Sunday after their 23-foot boat became stuck in shallow water off Brigantine. A boat crew towed the fishermen’s boat back to shore.
Meanwhile, a man who fell off his disabled sailboat, dubbed “Sovereign Subject,” managed to get back aboard and await help approximately 21 miles off Atlantic City Coast. He was flown ashore while a Coast Guard boat crew took his cat and towed his boat to Farley State Marina in Atlantic City.
“Let’s paws to recognize these meow-nificent Coast Guardsmen from Station Atlantic City,” a Coast Guard spokesperson wrote on the agency’s Mid-Atlantic Facebook page. “They were out in the cold for nearly six hours in the name of service to nation. Bravo Zulu!”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.