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The Coast Guard rescued four people and a dog from a sinking 30-foot boat that capsized moments after the rescue, according to a news release.

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The recreational boat was sinking in Barnegat Bay about 50 miles north of Atlantic City when the Coast Guard response crew arrived. The four people and the dog were transferred to the Coast Guard boat just before the boat capsized, according to NBC News.

The uninjured survivors and dog were taken to a marina in Lanoka Harbor, New Jersey, about 10 miles away. A commercial salvage company righted the boat and towed it to the same marina, the news release said.


A recreational boat is capsized near the Forked River in Barnegat Bay, New Jersey, Sunday, Aug. 28, 2023. A 29-foot Response Boat – Small crew from Coast Guard Station Barnegat Light was already underway when the crew discovered the sinking boat and rescued the four people and dog aboard. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)

Chief Warrant Officer James B. Corbisiero, Commander of the Coast Guard Station Barnegat Light, said the boat’s owner thought the boat was taking water because of a loose plug, but the Coast Guard has not been able to confirm that

The relationship between the four people on board the boat was unclear, officials said.