Man treads water for 4 hours before being rescued near Cape May

 View from a Coast Guard helicopter showing a boat near where the man was discovered. Image courtesy of the US Coast Guard)

View from a Coast Guard helicopter showing a boat near where the man was discovered. Image courtesy of the US Coast Guard)

Authorities say a man who went overboard from a vessel spent more than four hours in waters off the southern New Jersey coast before he was rescued by a passing boat.

20150802 rescue map 300Coast Guard officials received a mayday call from the Sea Robin around 10 p.m. Saturday and soon launched helicopter and boat crews from their stations in Elizabeth City, Atlantic City and Cape May.

The 45-year-old man was located early Sunday by the Maersk Wesport, a 39-foot recreational vessel that was about 44 miles east of Cape May. He was thrown a life preserver and soon hoisted from the water.

The Coast Guard flew the man to a hospital, but did not say whether he suffered any injuries.

Authorities have not said what caused the man to go overboard.

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