Coast Guard Saves 4, Canine from Sinking Vessel in Barnegat Bay, New Jersey

Coast Guard Rescues Four People and Dog from Sinking Boat in Barnegat Bay, New Jersey

Barnegat Light, NJ (Ocean) – In a daring rescue operation on Sunday near the Forked River in Barnegat Bay, the Coast Guard successfully saved four individuals and a dog from a sinking boat. The incident unfolded when a 29-foot Response Boat – Small crew from Coast Guard Station Barnegat Light noticed the distress signals of a 30-foot recreational boat submerged in water.

The Coast Guard crew, already underway for operations, swiftly maneuvered towards the scene of the incident, where they found the recreational boat struggling to stay afloat. The crew promptly initiated the rescue mission, successfully transferring all four occupants and their beloved pet onto the Coast Guard rescue boat. Moments after the transfer was completed, the recreational boat capsized, underscoring the urgency and effectiveness of the Coast Guard’s heroic efforts.

Chief Warrant Officer James B. Corbisiero, commanding officer of Coast Guard Station Barnegat Light, shed light on the potential cause behind the boat’s perilous situation, stating, “The boat’s owner suspects that a loose plug may have led to water infiltration. Unfortunately, we were unable to access the compartment to confirm this theory.” He further praised the attentiveness and swift actions of the Coast Guard boat crew, emphasizing the fortunate timing of the rescue operation.

Following the successful rescue, the Coast Guard crew safely transported the four rescued individuals and their dog to a marina in Lanoka Harbor, New Jersey. A commercial salvage company was then summoned to right the capsized boat and tow it back to the same marina as well.

Remarkably, no injuries were reported during the incident, exemplifying the professionalism and deftness exhibited by the Coast Guard team. To promote awareness and knowledge of safe and responsible boating practices, interested individuals are encouraged to visit

With this dramatic rescue operation, the Coast Guard once again demonstrates its unwavering commitment to ensuring the safety and well-being of those in distress at sea. The timely response and effective execution of the rescue mission serve as a testament to the Coast Guard’s exceptional training and relentless dedication to their mission.

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