Delaware Rescue Crews Respond To Sinking Vessel In The Delaware River, Six On Board

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Port Penn – Just after 6:30 Tuesday evening, rescue crews and marine units, along with Trooper 4 (Delaware State Police Aviation) responded to the the Delaware River for reports a boat in distress.

Responding units were informed that a 58 foot Hatteras yacht had struck a jetty in the area of the Reedy Island Bar and was sinking with six passengers on board.

Upon arrival crews reported that the vessel had sunk and a search was underway.

Moments later crews reported that a nearby vessel had rescued the passengers and that a US Coast Guard Helicopter was overhead.

Early reports indicate that at least one patient may have suffered a concussion. Additional reports indicate some of the passengers were children.

All of the passengers were transported to Augustine Beach for evaluation, No one was transported to the hospital according to early reports.

Crews from Odessa, Delaware City, Goodwill, Delaware State Police, Salem County, New Jersey and the United States Coast Guard responded to the incident.

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