AVALON — Two good Samaritans rescued five people Tuesday evening from the Atlantic Ocean, police said Wednesday.
At 7:20 p.m., dispatch received a call from William Lloyd, who reported hearing people yelling and screaming in the water off the 600 block of 22nd Street, police said.
Two officers responded and were met by Lloyd, who had headed out in the water on his personal watercraft to check on the people, police said.
Lloyd reported that a small fishing boat had capsized and about five people were in the water. Officers requested that Avalon Fire and Rescue respond to save the people, police said.
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During this time, Lloyd and a juvenile took Lloyd’s personal boat and successfully rescued all five people, police said.
Officers said after speaking to the occupants of the boat, they learned the driver had throttled the engine to head back to dock. Due to the number of people in the boat, it took on water across the bow and flipped over, police said.
The five individuals were treated by Avalon Rescue. The investigation was turned over to the State Police Marine Division, police said.