Quick-thinking lifeguards rescued four people Sunday afternoon after a catamaran capsized off a Monmouth County beach.
Police were dispatched to the Deal Casino beach around 1:45 p.m. on a report of a capsized Hobie Cat and victims in the water, according to a Deal Police Department news release.
Arriving police officers spotted Deal lifeguards Bailey Crochet and Jake Shirley rowing toward the victims. Battling a stiff southeasterly wind at 25 to 30 miles per hour, the lifeguards reached all three occupants within minutes.
Crochet and Shirley then guided the disabled vessel toward Shore with all three occupants safely on board.
That’s when a second Hobie Cat arrived, and an occupant of the vessel became the fourth victim when entering the water and attempting to assist.
The lifeguards rescued the person and transported all to shore without further incident.
Police say the Hobie Cat capsized after its mast snapped at the base.