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Coast Guard Rescues 4 From Capsized Boat Off Sea Bright

SEA BRIGHT: Four people were rescued from a capsized boat off Sea Bright on Easter Sunday.

According to a release from the United States Coast Guard a rescue crew from Coast Guard Station Sandy Hook, saved four people after their 20-foot pleasure craft capsized near the Shrewsbury River entrance.

The station received a distress call from the boat's operator around 3:30 p.m. saying that his boat was taking on water.

"The rescue crew from Station Sandy Hook immediately launched aboard their 47-foot motor lifeboat and arrived on scene at 3:50 p.m., as the pleasure craft capsized, causing the four people to enter the water," the release states.

Petty Officer 1st Class Charles Osenbach, a search and rescue coordinator at Sector New York Command Center said the four people who entered the water were wearing life jackets were rescued and transferred to awaiting emergency services at Station Sandy Hook.

"By having life jackets onboard, the vessel operator's preparedness contributed to the success of the response, but it is important to have a working VHF-FM radio on board your vessel as a more reliable means of communications," Osenbach said. "Our crews responded quickly to the call and aside from being a little cold the four people in the water are safe and are doing well."

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