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Man Nearly Drowned Rescuing Kite in Ocean; Charged for Violating Murphy’s Law

NORMANDY BEACH, NJ – A 51 year old man from Basking Ridge obviously wanted to challenge Murphy’s Law and local Assemblyman Gregory P. McGuckin by not only going to the beach to fly a kite, but getting pulled out to sea when that kite went into the ocean.


After being rescued by a surfer, who most likely was also violating Murphy’s Law, but he was a local, not a BENNY, the man was charged for violating the law.  Police did not say whether or not the surfer was charged.

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Geoffrey T. Vonderlinden, 51, of Basking Ridge, was charged yesterday with violating the emergency orders after he was rescued while kite surfing off Normandy Beach in Toms River. Police and rescue crews responded to a report of a kite surfer in distress approximately 50 yards off shore and drifting northbound in the water, with strong winds and current. Fire department rescue crews and another surfer reached Vonderlinden and all returned to shore safely.

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