RUMSON, NJ — In biting winds and near-zero temperatures, U.S. Coast Guard crews Monday morning rescued a distressed individual stuck on a small island in the Navesink River.
At about 9:40 a.m. on January 21, watchstanders at Coast Guard Station Sandy Hook received notification from the Rumson Police Department that a 21-year-old man was stranded on the island — located west of Barley Point Island — after his small boat broke down, according to the Coast Guard in a press release.
A Station Sandy Hook boat crew aboard its small 29-foot response boat arrived on the scene at 10:15 a.m. Two boat crew members waded through shallow water and safely brought the man aboard the Coast Guard boat, officials said.
The man had no medical concerns and was taken to awaiting emergency medical services on Barley Point Island, according to the release. It was reported that he was duck hunting with three other individuals who were able to get back to shore after their boat broke down.
“Cold water and below-freezing temperatures can complicate rescues like this and turn a bad situation to worse very fast,” said Commander Rich Sansone, search and rescue coordinator for Coast Guard Sector New York. “Coast Guard crews are ready and standing the watch to assist and prevent cases like this from becoming worse.”
At the time, there were 30 mph winds, with an air temperature of 7 degrees and a water temperature of 34 degrees.
As its employees are working without pay during the federal government’s partial shutdown, the U.S. Coast Guard “continues operations authorized by law that provide for national security or that protect life and property,” according to its website.