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Aug 23, 2022

State Police Rescue 11 Passengers from Sinking Boat

On Sunday, Aug. 14, several New Jersey State Troopers rescued 11 passengers from a sinking vessel in Point Pleasant, Ocean County.

At approximately 4:24 pm, Sergeant First Class Christopher Kochman, along with Troopers Michael Sugzda, Kristofer Buonomo, Francis Morris and Luke Drazdik of Point Pleasant Station, observed a vessel in distress in the Point Pleasant Canal.

As the troopers approached the vessel, they discovered that the 21-foot Sea Ray that took on several large waves over its bow began to take on water. The troopers immediately began to render emergency assistance by physically assisting seven children and four adults from the water onto a State Police vessel before transporting them to safety, authorities said. There were no reported injuries as a result of the incident.

Water safety officials would like to remind everyone to wear personal flotation devices while on the water.