uscg tow disabled sandy hookNEW YORK, NY — A Coast Guard Station Sandy Hook boatcrew assisted three boaters who were stranded aboard an 18-foot vessel in Sandy Hook Bay, Friday.

Operators at Tow Boat U.S., a commercial salvage and towing company, contacted watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector New York at approximately 9:00 a.m., requesting help for three individuals who were experiencing engine problems and did not have a working marine radio.

Coast Guard watchstanders issued a small craft advisory due to the 25-knot wind and 3 to 5-foot sea state. Due to safety concerns, Tow Boat U.S. operators were unable to respond.

At 9:08 a.m., watchstanders dispatched a 47-foot Motor Lifeboat crew from Coast Guard Station Sandy Hook to respond to the disabled boat.

The boatcrew arrived on scene, safely transferred the three boaters off the disabled vessel, and placed the 18-foot vessel in tow. The vessel was safely towed to Atlantic Highlands Marina in New Jersey.