Coast Guard, off-duty lifeguard rescue 5 people off Island Beach State Park

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BERKELEY — Five people were pulled from the water off Berkeley Township near Island Beach State Park on Sunday when a 23-foot boat capsized, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.

Coast Guard officials received the distress call at 6:57 p.m. and personnel from Station Barnegat went to the scene at the entrance to Barnegat Inlet in a 29-foot response boat and a 47-foot motor life boat, the Coast Guard said.

The Coast Guard pulled three people from the water and an unnamed, off-duty lifeguard rescued two, the Coast Guard said.

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They were taken to emergency medical services waiting onshore and were in stable condition, the Coast Guard said.

The New Jersey State Police and tow boat crews assisted.

Amanda Oglesby is an Ocean County native who covers Brick, Barnegat and Lacey townships as well as the environment. She has worked for the Press for more than a decade. Reach her at @OglesbyAPP, or 732-557-5701.

This article originally appeared on Asbury Park Press: Boat capsizes off Island Beach State Park, 6 rescued by US Coast Guard