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Press Release | Aug. 31, 2023

VIDEO RELEASE: Coast Guard rescues kite surfer near Barnegat Light, New Jersey

Coast Guard rescues kite surfer near Barnegat Light, New Jersey

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PHILADELPHIA – The Coast Guard rescued a kite surfer from a sand bar about one mile from Barnegat Light, New Jersey, Thursday.

A good Samaritan contacted watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay Thursday morning and reported that a person was stranded on a sand bar waving for assistance.

The person in distress was reported to be directly across from Coast Guard Station Barnegat Light near Sledge Island.

A 29-foot Response – Boat crew from the Coast Guard station launched and quickly located the person needing assistance. The boat crew navigated through shallow water, recovered the person, and transferred him back to the station.

The man said he became stranded after he tangled with another kite surfer, released his kite, and swam to the side of the channel. Both kite surfers are reported to be in good condition with no medical concerns.