Coast Guard Helicopter Crew Rescues Two from Failing Sailboat Off NJ Coast

Two people were rescued by the U.S. Coast Guard on Friday night after their sailboat ran aground and was flipped on its side in breaking surf.

The Coast Guard said they deployed an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter and rescue boats after receiving distress calls from the boat, the 33-foot Free Bird, after it ran aground and began tipping over near Little Egg Inlet.

A rescue swimmer rappelled down from the Coast Guard helicopter and assisted the vessel’s two occupants onto special equipment which allowed helicopter crews to hoist them up and into the aircraft.

Both boat occupants are now in good condition and plans to salvage the stricken boat are now being put together.

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