4 People and Dog Rescued 'Moments' Before Sinking Boat Capsized in New Jersey Bay: 'Fortunate'

There were no reported injuries, according to the Coast Guard

Four people and a dog were rescued by the Coast Guard minutes before their boat capsized off the coast of New Jersey on Sunday, according to authorities.

The 30-foot recreational boat had begun to sink near the Forked River in Barnegat Bay when a small crew from Coast Guard Station Barnegat Light discovered the boat, according to a Coast Guard news release.

The boat capsized “moments after completing the personnel transfer,” into the 29-foot response boat, the Coast Guard said.

“The boat’s owner believes the boat was taking on water due to a loose plug, but the compartment was not accessible to confirm,” Chief Warrant Officer James B. Corbisiero, Coast Guard Station Barnegat Light’s commanding officer, said in a statement.

Although the names of the four people onboard have not been publicly released, NJ.com identified them as four men.

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“The timing of this rescue was fortunate," Corbisiero added.

"I commend the Coast Guard boat crew’s attentiveness and fast actions to aid these people and their dog," the official said.

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The rescued boaters and the canine — who were all uninjured — were transported to a marina in Lanoka Harbor, New Jersey, along with their boat, according to the Coast Guard.

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Earlier this month, the Coast Guard, along with state and local responders, executed a similar rescue when five people were saved after their boat capsized at the entrance to Barnegat Inlet shortly before 7 p.m. on August 8, according to MidJersey.News.

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