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The captain of a sailboat that got caught in rough weather off the Jersey Shore

on Sunday spent the night on his vessel after refusing to let the U.S. Coast Guard rescue him.

The boat, which is anchored, is still visible hundreds of yards off Brinley Avenue in Bradley Beach on Monday, according to the U.S. Coast Guard. A spokesman said the Coast Guard is “monitoring the situation" before deciding if another attempt will be made to get the man off the sailboat.

“He’s not breaking any laws by anchoring out there,” the spokesman said. “He’s within his rights to be anchored. We went out as a safety precaution to check on him.”

Bradley Beach resident Bud McCormick, who was one of a several people to called the Coast Guard on Sunday said the man did what needed to be done to preserve his boat.

“He decided to stay on board to protect his boat, which it seems has worked," said McCormick, who lives about two blocks from the beach and checked on it again Monday. “Bailing out water all night could not have been fun, but he saved his boat.”

The boat’s sail is not up and McCormick suspects the motor is inoperable as well. Though rain has stopped falling in Bradley Beach as of 8 a.m, heavier rain is expected to resume as soon as late morning. Winds are light - six mph - with gusts of up to 20 mph, according to Wunderground.com

On Sunday, the Coast Guard sent a 47-foot motor lifeboat designed for bad weather to help the distressed sailor after the boat had difficultly managing winds of more than 30 mph. The captain, who was the only person on the sailboat declined to depart, though.

Waves were an estimated 6 to 8 feet on Sunday.

Communication problems also hampered the rescue attempt - the sailor only speaks Italian



 

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