HAM ISLAND, NJ – The Coast Guard and the Beach Haven Volunteer Fire Department rescued six boaters after their boat struck a fixed aid to navigation near Ham Island on Sunday.
Watchers at the Delaware Bay Coast Guard Area Command Center received a call from a Good Samaritan at around 12:18 am, stating that he heard a big crash and several calls for help near Ham Island .
A 29-foot response boat crew from Coast Guard Station Beach Haven was launched at approximately 12:20 a.m., along with a crew of an Atlantic City Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter and a jet ski crew from Beach Haven Volunteer Fire Department.
Beach Haven Police Department shore teams were also launched.
Upon arrival shortly thereafter, the Station Beach Haven crew and the Beach Haven Volunteer Fire Department jet-ski crews successfully rescued the six boaters from the water.
The six boaters all suffered several injuries as a result of the accident.
The boaters were returned safely to shore where local emergency medical personnel transported them to various local hospitals.
The Delaware Bay sector broadcast a marine safety briefing program to mariners to be aware of potential debris in the area following the accident.
Coast Guard crews will be actively working to repair the navigation aid.
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