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Disoriented Boater Found Unharmed In Waters Off NJ

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Coast Guard Ship (credit: CBS 2)

Coast Guard Ship (credit: CBS 2)

SANDY HOOK, N.J. (AP) — A boater who became disoriented while traveling alone between New York and New Jersey has been found unharmed.

Authorities say the boater — whose name was not released — had departed from Great Kills, N.Y. on Saturday, but his boat soon became disabled. He then used a cell phone to call 911, saying he was disoriented but could see the Verrazano Bridge in New York.

Rescue crews from Coast Guard Station Sandy Hook in New Jersey and law enforcement agencies in New Jersey and New York began searching for the boater, who made more 911 calls in a bid to help the crews locate him.

He eventually was found by a passing boater about three hours after he first notified authorities.

Further details on the incident were not immediately disclosed.

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