Coast Guard Rescues Kite Surfer Near Barnegat Light, New Jersey

August 31, 2023

BARNEGAT LIGHT, NJ (OCEAN)–The Coast Guard rescued a kite surfer from a sand bar about one mile from Barnegat Light, New Jersey, Thursday.

A good Samaritan contacted watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay Thursday morning and reported that a person was stranded on a sand bar waving for assistance.

The person in distress was reported to be directly across from Coast Guard Station Barnegat Light near Sledge Island.

A 29-foot Response – Boat crew from the Coast Guard station launched and quickly located the person needing assistance. The boat crew navigated through shallow water, recovered the person, and transferred him back to the station.

The man said he became stranded after he tangled with another kite surfer, released his kite, and swam to the side of the channel. Both kite surfers are reported to be in good condition with no medical concerns.

A 29-foot Response – Boat crew from Coast Guard Station Barnegat Light, in New Jersey, rescues a kite surfer from the water near Barnegat Light, Aug. 31, 2023. The kite surfer entered the water and needed assistance after his line became tangled with another kite surfer. (U.S. Coast Guard video by Petty Officer 3rd Class Carmen Caver)