6 rescued after fishing boat hits rocks in NJ

BARNEGAT LIGHT, N.J. (AP) — The Coast Guard rescued six people
from a life raft Thursday after their fishing boat hit the
rocks and sank along the New Jersey shore.

The 38-foot fishing vessel “Southern Comfort” ran aground while
traveling through the Barnegat Light Inlet and began taking on
water, sending the six scrambling onto the life raft, the Coast
Guard said.

The six were checked out by emergency medical personnel but
none was hospitalized, the Coast Guard said.

The Coast Guard identified the six as the vessel’s captain,
Albert G. Stork, whose boat is homeported in Forked River;
Dennis Koleszar, of Forked River; Bill Sagion, of Little Egg
Harbor; and three men from Pennsylvania, Gary Mertz of
Northampton, Albert Kristoff of Glenshaw and John Wargofchik of

Two Coast Guard boats from the Barnegat Light station were
dispatched after a crewmember radioed in a distress call at
about 7:45 a.m.

The fishing boat floated off the jetty and sank with 350
gallons of diesel fuel aboard, the Coast Guard said.

Chief Warrant Officer Jay Greiner, the commanding officer of
the Barnegat Light station, praised the captain for marking
sure to brief all those aboard before leaving dock on where the
safety gear was located and how to use it.

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