The Coast Guard along with local agencies rescued 36 children, ranging in ages from 7 to 16, from the water after approximately 25 to 30 small sailing boats capsized in the back bay of Shark River, N.J., during a two-week sailing camp Monday.
The Coast Guard received a call at 10:36 a.m. from the Monmouth County Dispatch reporting all sailing vessels capsized due to weather, and all 36 people went in the water.
A rescue boat crew from Coast Guard Station Manasquan Inlet arrived on scene and rescued all 36 people with the assistance from local police.
All 36 children were wearing life jackets.
No injures have been reported.
“The Coast Guard urges all boaters to check the weather forecast,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Daniel Wishnoff, a crewmember at Coast Guard Station Manasquan Inlet. “Being better prepared can keep people out of a dangerous situation they are unable to handle.”