Two boaters were rescued late Friday after their sailboat ran aground on a uninhabited area on the north end of Brigantine.

Fire Capt. Joseph Maguire said a 31-foot sailboat ran aground in foggy conditions about a mile north of the nearest occupied dwelling. Using a pick-up truck towing the department's inflatable rescue boat, firefighters responded to the scene at about 10 p.m.

“The vessel was being pounded by the surf, and was pitching from side to side, with two stranded occupants on board,” Maguire said in a statement.

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Firefighters deployed the rescue boat and were able to position it beside the stricken sailboat. They removed the two boaters from the vessel and took them to the beach, where they were warmed up.

Both were uninjured and refused medical treatment. The fire department found lodging for them overnight at La Sammana Resort in Brigantine.

Maguire said the boat was sailing from New York City to Atlantic City when its GPS navigational system failed.

The New Jersey State Marine Police and a Sea Tow vessel also responded to the scene, with plans to transport the sailboat to deeper water.

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