Coast Guard, Good Samaritan rescue 6 after boat capsizes off N.J.

 A capsized boat off Sandy Hook in Monmouth County Monday afternoon. (USCG image)

A capsized boat off Sandy Hook in Monmouth County Monday afternoon. (USCG image)

The Coast Guard and a Good Samaritan came to the rescue of six people after a boat capsized off the New Jersey shore.

Authorities say a crew from the guard’s Sandy Hook unit received a radio distress call around 1:30 p.m. Monday that a 22-foot pleasure boat was taking on water and capsizing near Sandy Hook. The crew was heading out to a training exercise when it received the call.

The crew arrived on scene in less than five minutes and took three people on their rescue boat. The Good Samaritan – who had also heard the distress call – took in the other three.

All six people were safely transferred to the Atlantic Highlands Marina with no reported injuries.

The vessel capsized in shallow water and is anchored and marked for navigational safety until the owner can arrange salvage operations, according to the Coast Guard. 

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The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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