One person was killed and another injured in a boating accident near Ocean City Wednesday, authorities said.
The Ocean City Police Department alerted the U.S. Coast Guard of a 26-foot center console recreational vessel found beached with personal belongings still aboard near the Great Egg Harbor Inlet, according to a Coast Guard press release.
Police identified one of the boaters using a cell phone found aboard and acquired a video feed from a nearby marina, confirming that two people had departed earlier in the day, authorities said.
The Coast Guard launched an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter air-crew to search the area along with a 29-foot Response Boat boat-crew with assistance from local fire department boats, the release said.
The helicopter aircrew spotted two people in the water and lowered a rescue swimmer while personnel on the boats recovered the victims, according to the agency.
Tpr. Alejandro Goez, a spokesman for the New Jersey State Police, said a 59-year-old man died and a 73-year-old man was taken to an area hospital. His condition was not disclosed.