Father, son rescued after boat capsizes off Port Monmouth

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    A man and his son were rescued from the Sandy Hook Bay late this afternoon after their boat capsized, authorities said.

    Watchstanders at Coast Guard Station Sandy Hook received a report from the Middletown Police Department about a capsized vessel near the Port Monmouth section of Middletown around 5:00 p.m., according to a Coast Guard release. 

    Both agencies launched boats, responding rapidly to the capsized vessel, a Hobie Cat, and rescued the operator, a 51-year-old male, and his 13-year-old son. 

    The mariners were transported by the boats to Belford Harbor and transferred to Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank.

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    They did not suffer significant injuries, NJ.com reported. 

    “We arrived on scene and found the operator and his son both were wearing their lifejackets,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Richard Clarke, a crewmember at Station Sandy Hook. “Instead of trying to swim for shore in an outgoing tide, both of the boaters remained with the vessel which made it quicker for us to locate them.”

    The Coast Guard reminds boaters to wear their lifejackets and be prepared with all required safety gear. For more information, visit www.uscgboating.org.

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