ATLANTIC CITY — The U.S. Coast Guard and a good Samaritan rescued six boaters after their boat began taking on water approximately 34 miles east of Atlantic City, Thursday, June 10.

Watchstanders in the Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay Command Center in Philadelphia received an alert that a 28-foot pleasure craft with six people aboard was taking on water due to the inclement weather and the heavy seas in the area.

An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City launched to assist the boaters.

Once on scene, the Dolphin aircrew hoisted two of the boaters to safety while a nearby good Samaritan crew assisted with transferring the last four aboard their vessel.

All six boaters were safely transferred back to shore.

“These men no doubt made the right call deciding to be rescued in what looked like very unforgiving seas,” said Coast Guard Lt. Cmdr. Matthew Swanner, the Dolphin pilot. “Luckily they had life jackets, which aided in their recovery and again, proved to be critical in saving these men. We encourage all boaters to have operable radios, EPIRBs and proper life jackets onboard.” 

Sector Delaware Bay issued an urgent marine information broadcast notifying mariners in the area of the adrift boat, and the owner will make plans to salvage the vessel.

No injuries or pollution were reported.

Credit: Seaman Breanna Centeno | Date Taken: 06/10/2021

An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew crewmember from Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City, N.J., hoists two boaters from their 28-foot Sea Ray, about 34 miles east of Atlantic City, June 10, 2021. The aircrew and a good Samaritan boat crew rescued six boaters from the Sea Ray after their vessel began taking on water due to inclement weather. (U.S. Coast Guard video by Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City/Released)

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