The Coast Guard Rescues Two People from Sinking Vessel

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GREAT EGG HARBOR - The Coast Guard rescued two people from a sinking vessel in Great Egg Harbor on Friday, November 13th.
The Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay received a call around 11:30 a.m. from 911 dispatchers reporting a 16-foot recreational boat that was sinking. The vessel had two people on board, both of whom were spotted by an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City.
The helicopter spotted the two people approximately twenty minutes after the 911 call. A rescue swimmer was lowered to the water and helped the men to safety.
"This case demonstrates the importance of having a reliable means of communication on your vessel," said Jacob Gerasimov, Chief Warrant Officer. "These mariners were able to contact 911 using their cell phone, but cell phones can often be unreliable on the water. By ensuring you have a VHF-FM radio, you greatly increase your likelihood of contacting assistance in the time of distress."
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