Coast Guard assists five duck hunters, dog after boat runs aground

    The duck hunting group was brought back to shore Tuesday morning after issuing their distress call. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Geoffrey Hurin)

    The Coast Guard transported five duck hunters and their dog to a safe location after their boat ran aground Tuesday morning.

    The group's 23-foot boat partially sank near Big Porpoise Point. The hunters placed a distress call to Station Hobucken at 5:53 a.m. and a boat crew was assigned to assist.

    The crew was transported to Re Mayo marina in Hobucken. They were not injured and they said the boat will be salvaged by the owner.

    "It's great that they contacted us as soon as they ran into trouble," said Petty Officer 2nd Class Edward Fischer, coxswain during the case. "Cold water and weather temperatures can complicate things and turn a bad situation to worse very fast."

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