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6 Rescued From Sinking Nantucket-Bound Sailboat Off New Jersey Coast

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Coast Guard Helicopter (Photo by Matthew Belson/U.S. Coast Guard via Getty Images)

Coast Guard Helicopter (Photo by Matthew Belson/U.S. Coast Guard via Getty Images)

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CAPE MAY, N.J. (AP) — Five adults and a child are safe after the Coast Guard rescued them from their sinking sailboat off the New Jersey coast.

The 68-foot Irvmiren was headed from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, to Nantucket, Massachusetts, when it began taking on water about 25 miles from Cape May on Wednesday night.

A Coast Guard helicopter and rescue boat arrived on the scene. A rescue swimmer and a pump were lowered to the boat in seas that were breaking over the vessel.

When the boat failed to stem the water, the six people were transferred to the rescue boat and taken to the Coast Guard station in Cape May early Thursday.

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