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.

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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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