Two people were rescued by a fellow boater and the U.S. Coast Guard Monday morning after their 31-foot boat capsized off the coast of Barnegat Light.

The captain on the ship radioed his location and request for help shortly before 8 a.m., the Coast Guard said.

Two 47-foot Motor Life Boat crews from Coast Guard Station Barnegat Light and an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from a station in Atlantic City responded, as well as an individual on a nearby boat Jamaica II. A person onboard the Jamaica II boat and one aboard the MLB each rescued one person, the Coast Guard said.

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Petty Officer 2nd Class Andrew Groth, a Station Barnegat Light crewmember, said possessing and properly using the radio saved the two victims’ lives.

"Had they not been able to send out their position, their lack of life jackets could have been devastating,” he said in a statement. “Always wear a life jacket, and have life rings readily available for worst case scenarios."

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