POINT PLEASANT, NJ – Last Friday, August 14, troopers from the New Jersey State Police Marine Services Bureau Point Pleasant Station rescued six occupants after their vessel capsized in the Point Pleasant Canal.
At approximately 5:57 p.m., Staff Sergeant Paul Rodemann and Trooper I Ryan Koehler were dispatched to the report of a capsized 23-foot boat with six occupants in the Point Pleasant Canal in Point Pleasant Boro, Ocean County. When troopers arrived, they observed five victims struggling to stay afloat in the water. They discovered the sixth victim was still under the water.
As SSGT Rodemann and Tpr. Koehler prepared to enter the water to locate the victim, the victim emerged from under the capsized boat. The troopers then assisted the victims to shore, where they accounted for and transported back to Point Pleasant Station for a medical evaluation by EMS. There were no reported injuries.
The troopers’ quick and timely response led to the rescue, but this incident could have quickly become a tragedy due to the fact that none of the boat’s occupants were wearing personal flotation devices (life vests).
We would like remind everyone to make sure to have personal flotation devices for each person on board.
This also happened nearby in Point Pleasant: