The boat Kaptain Obvious is at Bry’s Marine in Neptune after being capsized Aug. 17, 2018 off the coast of Deal.
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DEAL – A good Samaritan rescued two boaters when their boat capsized about one mile off the borough on Thursday, after a whale surfaced beneath the 20-foot vessel, spilling two of its occupants into the sea.
The two anglers, William Sobeck Jr., 64, of Brick, and Jonathan Swingle, 64, of Hamilton, were not injured from being tossed into the sea, according to the New Jersey State Police.
Trooper Alejandro Goez said the good Samaritan was Gary Szabo, who is a retired firefighter from Trenton.
In a video of the rescue Szabo posted to YouTube, the two men could be seen clinging to the hull of the boat. One of the rescued men tells Szabo of the encounter after being pulled into safety.
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“We were already drifting for fluke and we watched the whale and the next thing I know, ‘Whee, we’re in the water,'” the rescued fishermen said.
Troopers from the New Jersey State Marine Services Bureau are conducting the vessel accident investigation. Goez said they’re treating it as an accident.
Goez said the boat was salvaged by a private boat towing company. The boat is at Bry’s Marine in Neptune where owner Jim Bry is trying to save it. The name of the boat is Kaptain Obvious. See a marine technician work on the boat in the above video.
“It has a lot of issues. It got hit by a whale. The fuel tank is probably filled with water,” said Bry.
Bry said the whale was probably feeding on menhaden or other baitfish in the same area they two men were fishing.
Several fishermen heard the distress call from the U.S. Coast Guard to assist with a capsized boat.
Jim Whittaker, of Brick, was about five miles southeast of where Sobeck and Swingler were, fishing over an area called the Sea Girt Reef on his boat the Jim Jam.
“The Coast Guard sent out a call on the radio and I know several fishermen went to the area to help,” said Whittaker. “I was shaking my head wondering how they capsized because the water was calm. They never said it was a whale.”
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