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Photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Shannon Kearney --The U.S. Coast Guard and a commercial salvage company assists two boaters whose vessel sank in Barnegat Inlet, New Jersey, August 30th, 2018, . The vessel sank after reportedly striking a jetty, and all persons were safety transferred aboard a Coast Guard vessel from Station Barnegat Light (U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of Station Barnegat Light)

BARNEGAT LIGHT, NJ (August 31, 2018)(CNBNewsnet)—The Coast Guard rescued two people after their recreational vessel sank in Barnegat Inlet, Thursday.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay received a distress call on channel 16 from two people aboard a vessel taking on water after they reportedly struck the Barnegat Inlet jetty.

A boatcrew aboard a 24-ft shallow water vessel from Coast Guard Station Barnegat Light launched to respond. The boatcrew arrived on scene and attempted to dewater the vessel, but could not keep up with flooding.

The two people were transferred to the Coast Guard boat, and brought back to Station Barnegat Light. Commercial salvage brought the flooded boat back to shore.

“This was the perfect example of boaters being prepared for an emergency,” said Chief Warrant Officer Daniel Capestany, the command duty officer at Sector Delaware Bay. “The vessel was equipped with a VHF-FM radio to call for help, and both people were wearing their life jackets. Boaters headed out on the water this Labor Day weekend should be as prepared for an emergency as these boaters were today.”