Coast Guard rescues duck hunter stranded on island off NJ coast

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RUMSON -

The Coast Guard came to the rescue of a duck hunter who was stranded on a small island off the New Jersey coast.

The hunter was among a group of four men who entered the Navesink River on Monday morning in a small boat that authorities said wasn't suited for the bitter cold and blustery weather conditions.

Three of the men made it back to shore shortly after their boat broke down around 9 a.m. But the fourth man ended up on the island.

Rumson police contacted the Coast Guard, who dispatched a 29-foot rescue boat from their Sandy Hook station, while a helicopter came from the guard's Atlantic City station. The man was brought back to shore a short time later.

Rumson police praised the Coast Guard members for the rescue. The Coast Guard is currently working without pay due to the partial government shutdown.

“Love the Coast Guard…We call on them all the time, so they’re always here,” says Rumson Police Chief Scott Paterson. “Whether they’re getting paid or not, they’re here doing their job and they’re the ones that get all the thanks.”

The hunters were evaluated by EMTs and were said to be OK.

Paterson said that none of the hunters were violating any regulations.

The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.

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