Nine people, including six small children and an infant, were pulled to safety from the Indian River Inlet in Sussex County on Sunday afternoon after their open boat was swamped by heavy waves.
Passing boaters rescued the victims, along with the help of the U.S. Coast Guard and DNREC Fish & Wildlife Enforcement. Rescuers say all were wearing lifejackets which allowed the successful rescue.
No one was seriously hurt; one child was treated and released from an area hospital after receiving a slight cut on his foot from a propeller on a rescuer boat.
In Delaware, children age 12 and younger are required to wear a lifejacket on any vessel in Delaware waters. Recreational vessels are required to carry one life jacket for each person aboard and to keep them readily accessible. The minimum fine for violations is $76.50.
For more information, visit dnrec.delaware.gov/fw/Boating/Pages/Delaware_Boating_Safety.aspx