Good Samaritan helps rescue 22 people from sinking boat off NJ coast

SEA ISLE CITY, N.J. — Nearly two dozen people were taken to safety by a good Samaritan when a charter boat began sinking off the New Jersey coast.

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The U.S. Coast Guard shared two photos on Twitter of the listing Starfish boat, which began taking on water near Townsends Inlet Bridge. In its post, the Coast Guard said that a good Samaritan took the passengers who were on board the boat to safety.

There were a total of 22 people on board the boat when it began taking on water, WNBC reported.

In a Facebook post, Starfish Boats said that everyone on board the boat, including passengers and the captain, was OK. The company also said the boat’s damage would leave the vessel inoperable, and that its representatives would be reaching out to reschedule trips.

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Officials told WTXF that the boat hit the Ocean Drive Bridge before it started taking on water.

The boat’s fuel tanks were not damaged, and no pollution to the water was seen, WPVI reported.