RED BANK: TWO SAVED AFTER BOAT FLIPS

rb h20 rescue 042715 1The sailboat, seen above, righted itself after its two occupants were rescued, a witness said. Below, one of the two people rescued gets some medical attention. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

rb h20 rescue 042715 2Two boaters were pulled from the chilly Navesink River when their sailboat capsized in brisk winds off Red Bank Monday morning.

The pair were pulled to safety by kayakers, police said.

The incident, near the dock of a home on Alston Court, was reported to authorities at about 11:15 a.m.

Two boaters, identified as John Luard, 68, of Locust, and Lenora Davidson, 66, of Fair Haven, were pulled from the water and brought to a homeowner’s dock by kayakers who had rowed out to them from a nearby dock, said police Chief Darren McConnell. Neither required a trip to the hospital, he said.

The kayakers were identified as Karen Thomsen and Edward McDermott, both of Red Bank.

Police and volunteer fire department personnel who responded were awaiting the arrival of the State Police Marine Unit to secure the sailboat, which was adrift about 20 yards offshore.