Posted by: Drew | July 21, 2008

Coast Guard rescues 3 in Cape May channel

CAPE MAY, N.J. – The Coast Guard rescued three people today who were disoriented while aboard a 38-foot fishing boat in Cape May Channel in the fog.

The Coast Guard received a call at approximately 2 a.m. from a crewmember aboard the fishing boat, reporting they were in thick fog, did not know where they were and were going to drop their anchor.

A rescue boat crew from U.S. Coast Guard Station Cape May arrived on scene and towed the fishing boat to safe harbor.

“The captain did the smartest thing,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Jared Meloro, a member of Coast Guard Station Cape May. ” Instead of keeping the propulsion, he dropped the hook and called for help.”

From Boatsville.com

Many a small recreational boat owner will find themselves steering in fog without a compass. With no compass and with no reference points because of limited visibility, even the best helmsman will tend to steer in circles. MORE…

From Boatsafe.com

Fog is the primary cause of reduced visibility, but haze, heavy rain and snow all present problems for mariners. Boating in these conditions presents two hazards, navigational errors and collisions. MORE…

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