The Coast Guard assists four people stranded on a disabled 44-foot sailboat about one mile offshore from Cape May Inlet Saturday.

U.S. Coast Guard photo by Fireman Michael Deugwillo
U.S. Coast Guard photo by Fireman Michael Deugwillo

A 45-foot Response Boat from Coast Guard Station Cape May was already underway at 1:15 p.m. when crew members noticed an unusual-looking sailboat.

“We noticed the boat was not making way and was beam to the sea, which was especially concerning and odd considering the 8-10 foot waves,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Garrett Dailey, the coxswain. “We hailed them on the radio, and they confirmed they were disabled and not able to make it to shore. All four people aboard were wearing their lifejackets.”

The response boat crew towed the sailboat away from nearby shoal water and into the Cape May Inlet, where the Coast Guard crew passed the tow to commercial tow boat operators who took the sailboat and crew to Utsch’s Marina in Cape May.

Nobody was injured.

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