Toms River Police Assist Distressed Boater in Barnegat Bay

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TOMS RIVER-On Thursday the Toms River Police Department received a boating call for assistance from a family off Shelter Cove Beach.

“Everyone on the boat was okay but there were two young girls aboard who were very upset,” the department said in a prepared statement. “Officer John Mehl jumped in the water and walked out to the boat as it coasted toward shore.”

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Police said he comforted the two crying girls while waiting for our Marine 1 Unit with Lt. Michael Miller, Officer Thomas Herbst and Officer Graham Borg to arrive and assist them.