Coast Guard rescues man from grounded boat near Margate

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ATLANTIC CITY — The Coast Guard rescued a man Thursday, Feb. 21 after his boat ran aground near Margate.

A helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City spotted the 25-year-old man aboard the 21-foot boat and called in a boat crew from Coast Guard Station Atlantic City, which transferred the man to Margate emergency medical services personnel ashore.

The man was severely affected by the cold and was unable to communicate when the 25-foot response boat crew rescued him. He was not wearing a life jacket and did not have a marine band radio, Coast Guard officials said.

Personnel from Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay received notification from Tow Boat U.S. of the grounded vessel in Risley Channel near Margate. Tow Boat U.S. reported that the man called and requested assistance, but lost communications due to his cell phone battery dying.

Personnel from the Egg Harbor Township Police Department also assisted in the search.

The Coast Guard strongly urges all boaters to equip their boats with life jackets, a VHF-FM radio and the appropriate navigational charts.

Boaters are also strongly encouraged to take a boating safety course and file a float plan before going out on the water.

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