6 rescued from stuck pontoon boat in southern NJ

February 20, 2011 12:31:54 PM PST
State police used a borrowed hovercraft to rescue six people from a pontoon boat that got stuck in the mud in a southern New Jersey waterway.

No injuries were reported in Saturday's incident in Egg Harbor Township.

Sgt. Stephen Jones, a state police spokesman, says the boat's owners were taking it out for the first time when it got stuck on a mudflat in Risley Channel about an hour before low tide. Strong winds had blown the tide out to 2 feet below the normal low tide and the boat got caught in about 30 feet of mud.

Since the winds prevented them from using helicopters to reach the stranded passengers, authorities borrowed the hovercraft from a local fire department. The subsequent rescue operation took about 90 minutes to complete.


Information from: The Press of Atlantic City, http://www.pressofatlanticcity.com