Father, Son Jet Skiers Credit Whistle for Rescue

The pair stayed overnight on an island during rough weather until they were rescued early Monday

By Lauren DiSanto
|  Thursday, Aug 16, 2012  |  Updated 5:39 PM EDT
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Whistle Saves Father, Son Jet Skiers

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It's a night a father and son will never forget.

After setting out to go jet-sking off Long Beach Island, N.J. on Sunday the pair ran into trouble. Their jet-ski got away from them while they were setting up to go kite-surfing. The father and son then swam to small island.

When they never returned, they were reported missing at 9:30 p.m. Sunday night and the Coast Guard began searching, along with state and local police.

Early Sunday, the Coast Guard heard a whistle near Harvey Sedge Island during their search of Barnegat Bay. That whistle blow helped lead rescue crews to the missing pair.

They were taken ashore with no medical problems, despite enduring a night of severe weather.

"The father and son were very wise to stay together, remain calm, wear their life jackets, and wait for responders to find them. Simple boating safety practices can truly make a difference during a distress situation," said Jay Greiner, commanding officer of Coast Guard Station Barnegat Light.


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