Coast Guard Searching For Missing Boater

Photo courtesy Jersey Coast Emergency News

  POINT PLEASANT – One of three boaters is still missing after a vessel capsized last night, officials said.

  A 29-foot AquaSport boat was in the Manasquan Inlet, coming back to dock at around 8:15 p.m. when it encountered rough waters and capsized, said Coast Guard Petty Officer Kimberly Reaves.

  Point Pleasant Police responded to the distress call and rescued two of the boaters, but a third could not be located, she said.

  The Coast Guard currently has a 47-foot Motor Lifeboat searching on the water, as well as a MH-65 Dolphin and C-130 plane searching by air, she said.

  Hurricane Lee might be far away, but its impacts are being felt here. The National Weather Service has enacted a high surf advisory about potentially dangerous waves. Swimmers are also being warned about rip currents.

  “Although Hurricane Lee is not expected to make landfall along the Mid-Atlantic coastal region, there will be dangerous conditions along our shores,” said Capt. Kate Higgins-Bloom, commander of Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay. “Rip currents are a hidden threat to even the most experienced swimmers. With the increased number of tragedies following Tropical Storm Idalia over Labor Day weekend, we urge everyone to remain cautious. If you’re spending time at the shore over the next few days, keep yourself and loved ones safe by paying close attention to surf conditions and warning signs posted by local authorities.”

  Rip currents can’t be seen, and they pull swimmers away from the beach. If you find yourself caught in one, don’t swim toward shore because you’ll tire yourself out. Instead, swim parallel to the shore, since most rip currents are less than 80 feet wide.