Coast Guard helps boaters taking on water off Sandy Hook


The Coast Guard is taking Monday, the third day of National Safe Boating Week, to remind mariners of the importance of social boating, or maintaining communication, while recreating in and around the water.

Coast Guard officials at 4:10 p.m. deployed search crews in a Dolphin helicopter, an HC-144 Ocean Sentry and a 45-foot boat.

The Coast Guard at Wilmington was called around 8 a.m. from the boat about 15 miles southeast of Carolina Beach. The Coast Guard Crew was able to use a portable dewatering pump, and towed the boat to the Atlantic Highlands Marina.

No one was hurt.

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The Coast Guard says the most important thing is to wear a life jacket, no matter what kind of watercraft you're in.

Although the Coast Guard could not definitely confirm the body was that of the missing swimmer, searches for the 24-year-old were suspended after the find.

"You need to be aware that this is a big body of water out here, and we want people to be safe".