Pontoon boat capsizes near Manasquan

Two people died after a pontoon boat capsized off New Jersey's coast. New Jersey state police said it happened about 1:30 p.m. Friday in Manasquan Inlet

Authorities say all seven people have been recovered. Four were taken to Ocean Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries and one person refused medical treatment.

The occupants were all males, but police have not released their identities.

Police say strong currents may have been in a factor in the accident but they are still investigating the cause.

The Coast Guard said in a statement its members as well as civilians responded to the rescue. A 47-foot boat from Station Manasquan Inlet and an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City responded, the Coast Guard said.

"The Coast Guard along with multiple other partner agencies and good Samaritans responded immediately when we received the call," said Chief Warrant Officer Chris Sparkman, the commanding officer of Station Manasquan Inlet. "This is a sobering reminder to always check the weather before heading out, and to always wear a life jacket while boating."

The New Jersey State Police Crime Scene Unit Central, Fatal Accident Unit and Major Crime Unit responded to assist at the scene. The investigation remains active and ongoing.

--The Associated Press/Fox5NY.com staff

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