Five adults and four children were rescued from a sinking boat Sunday near Barnegat Light’s north jetty, the U.S. Coast Guard said.
A nearby boater contacted the Coast Guard station in Barnegat Light at about 1:30 p.m. to report that a recreational boat had hit a jetty and was sinking.
A 25-foot response boat and 47-foot motor life boat responded to the scene. Nine people were rescued from the water, and the boat was dislodged from the jetty, the Coast Guard stated in a news release.
All of the people were transported to the Coast Guard station, where they were treated by emergency personnel. The names of those rescued were not released. All were wearing life jackets, the Coast Guard said.
"The boat sank very quickly. This is the perfect example of why always wearing a life jacket on the water is the best way to ensure the safety of yourself and your family," said Petty Officer 2nd Class Edward Powell, a crew member for the station.
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