Ferry crew, Coast Guard rescue 4 boaters off NJ coast

SANDY HOOK, N.J. — U.S. Coast Guard officials say a commercial ferry helped rescue four people from a sinking boat off the New Jersey coast.

A mayday call went out just before 4 p.m. Saturday from a 21-foot pleasure boat that was taking on water near Sandy Hook Bay.

The Coast Guard launched boats from its Sandy Hook and New York stations.

The Coast Guard says a Seastreak ferry arrived first, and crew members helped the four people onto the ferry.

Coast Guard crew members arrived a few minutes later and transferred the four people to their rescue boat before the distressed vessel capsized.

All four people were wearing life jackets, and no injuries were reported.