Beach Haven Coast Guard, Fire Department Rescue 6 After Boating Crash | Local News
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U.S. Coast Guard and Beach Haven Volunteer Firefighters rescued six people after their 30-foot boat struck a fixed navigation aid near Ham Island in the bay early Sunday, according to a press release.
The Delaware Bay Coast Guard Area Command Center received a call at 12:18 am, indicating that someone had heard a major accident and several calls for help near Ham Island.
A 29-foot response boat from Coast Guard Station Beach Haven was launched at approximately 12:20 a.m., with a crew of an Atlantic City Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter and crew Watercraft from the Beach Haven Volunteer Fire Department. Shore teams from the Beach Haven Police Department have also been launched, the coast guard said.
Upon arrival at around 12:32 a.m., Coast Guard and Beach Haven Volunteer Fire Department personal watercraft crews successfully rescued the six boaters from the water. They all suffered multiple injuries in the crash, the statement said.
The boaters were safely returned to shore where local emergency medical service personnel transported them to various local hospitals, the statement said.
According to a report on NJ.com, two people were airlifted to the Atlanticare Regional Medical Center on the city campus. Four more were taken by ambulance to Southern Ocean Medical Center, New Jersey State Police Sgt. Lawrence Peele said. One occupant is in critical but stable condition, and the other five occupants are in stable condition, he said. The accident is still under investigation, Peele said.