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6 Rescued After Fishing Boat Hits Rocks in NJ

The Coast Guard rescued six people from a life raft after their fishing boat hit the rocks and sank at the Jersey shore Thursday.

The Southern Comfort sinking off Barnegat
The Southern Comfort sinking off Barnegat (US Coast Guard)

The Coast Guard says the 38-foot fishing vessel “Southern Comfort” ran aground while traveling through the Barnegat Light Inlet and began taking on water.

Those aboard the boat got on a life raft and waited for two Coast Guard boats from the Barnegat Light station to arrive. No one was injured.

The fishing boat floated off the jetty and sank with 350 gallons of diesel fuel aboard.

The boat was based in nearby Forked  River. Three of the men aboard are from New Jersey and the others are from Pennsylvania.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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