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Coast Guard responds to boat accident near Wildwood


Members of the Coast Guard and Tow Boat US moor a vessel involved in a collision to a pier near Wildwood, N.J., July 15, 2019. Four of the five passengers involved in the collision reported injuries of varying severity and were taken to a nearby marina where EMS was standing by. U.S. Coast Guard photo.


WILDWOOD, N.J. (— The Coast Guard responded to a boat collision that injured four passengers aboard two vessels on Sunset Lake near Wildwood, Monday.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay received the initial report of the accident from a good Samaritan at approximately 8:30 p.m. 

A 29-foot Response Boat — Small boatcrew from Coast Guard Station Cape May launched to assist, and transferred two of the four persons aboard, while another two were taken aboard by a Tow Boat US vessel.

The four injured boaters were transported to Schooner Island Marina where local EMS were standing by to provide assistance. 

"We effected a very quick response to the collision thanks to the timely report made by a good Samaritan," said Chief Warrant Officer Daniel Capestany, Command Duty Officer for the Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay Command Center. "Having the ability to call the Coast Guard in a critical moment can be the difference between life and death in some cases."