Police were alerted to a sailboat in the water about 11 p.m. Friday at Diamond Beach in Cape May County.
DIAMOND BEACH – A boater on a trip to Texas became disoriented in the darkness Friday night and beached his vessel about 25 feet from shore, police said on Sunday.
Lower Township Police were alerted to a sailboat in the water about 11 p.m. at Diamond Beach, a small community in Lower Township in Cape May County.
The lone occupant was James DeGarmo, 67, according to police.
“He was on his way to Texas and got lost in the darkness and beached his boat,” said Corporal Robert Hartman of the Lower Township Police Department.
Public records list a James DeGarmo from a town on the Gulf Coast of Texas. Local police could not confirm the boater was the same man.
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Hartman said DeGarmo was found to be suffering from an undisclosed medical issue — unrelated to the beaching of the boat — and was taken to a nearby hospital. DeGarmo remained hospitalized on Sunday, Hartman said.
The boat was still in the water by 3 a.m. on Saturday and township officials decided for safety reasons to tow the vessel to land, Hartman said.
“If you leave it there, the boat can get inundated with sand and then you won’t be able to move it at all,” Hartman said.
Workers with the local public works department towed the sailboat out of the water on Saturday during low tide, Hartman said.
Video captured the boat with a bicycle on board being towed out of the water and along the sandy beach, where it remained overnight behind yellow crime-scene tape.
“It’s still on the beach,” Hartman said Sunday morning.
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