DOWNE TOWNSHIP, N.J. — Rescuers came to the aid of three people in a canoe in New Jersey who sought shelter from a waterspout.

A man, his girlfriend and her young daughter were on the water in Cumberland County on Sunday when the waterspout formed over Delaware Bay.

Downe Township Fire and Dive Team Chief Cliff Higbee tells ( ) they said the waterspout literally came within 10 feet (3 meters) of them and they made their way to the safety in a marsh. Dispatchers kept in contact with them and it took rescuers about 45 minutes to spot them.

Higbee says they did everything right.

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