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News Release

October 12, 2013

Contact: PADET Atlantic City


Office: (609) 813-3889

Coast Guard assists 4 from disabled sailboat in Cape May, NJ

 Crew members from Coast Guard Station Cape May assist boaters who are aboard a 44-foot sailboat offshore from Cape May, N.J., Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013. The Coast Guard's 45-foot Response Boat ― Medium crew was already underway when they spotted the boaters stranded in the heavy weather and towed them to safety. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Fireman Michael Deugwillo)

CAPE MAY, N.J. ― The Coast Guard assisted four people who were aboard a disabled 44-foot sailboat about one mile offshore from Cape May Inlet Saturday.

A 45-foot Response Boat ― Medium crew from Coast Guard Station Cape May was already underway at 1:15 p.m. when crewmembers noticed an unusual-looking sailboat.

“We noticed the boat was not making way and was beam to the sea, which was especially concerning and odd  considering the 8-10 foot waves,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Garrett Dailey, the coxswain. “We hailed them on the radio, and they confirmed they were disabled and not able to make it to shore. All four people aboard were wearing their lifejackets.”

The response boat crew towed the sailboat away from nearby shoal water and into the Cape May Inlet, where the Coast Guard crew passed the tow to commercial tow boat operators who took the sailboat and crew to Utsch’s Marina in Cape May.

Nobody was injured.

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