State Trooper reunites with man saved after falling overboard in boating incident

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ATLANTIC CITY, NJ – You never know who you’re going to run into when you’re out and about and for New Jersey State Police Sergeant Russel Ryan it was a man he rescued after falling overboard in a boating incident.

Trooper Ryan, according to the NJSP was at the Atlantic City Boat Show at a static display for the Marine Services Bureau when he was approached by George Boos.

“George was a victim in a vessel incident where Sergeant Ryan and Sergeant Michael Baker were members of the marine rescue team that saved his life,” the agency said in a statement.

On August 19, 2020, Sergeant Ryan and Sergeant Baker, of the Marine Services Bureau Atlantic City Station, were dispatched to a vessel that washed ashore with no occupants on board in the area of Ocean City.

“When Troopers arrived at the scene of the vessel, it was still in gear and they determined the occupants were in the water. A search of the surrounding area quickly ensued,” the NJSP said. “With the assistance from the United States Coast Guard Aviation they were able to locate George Boos about 2 miles off shore in the ocean. The troopers were able to get him aboard their vessel and transport him back to shore where he received medical attention.”

According to the State Police report, Mr. Boos encountered a wave as thunderstorms were approaching which caused him to be thrown overboard into the ocean. He had been treading water for approximately 4 hours and was extremely fatigued by the time he was located.

“George Boos stopped by to thank Sergeant Ryan for his efforts and response that day. This was the first time that they have seen each other or spoken since the incident. It goes without saying it was a very happy reunion for both,” the department said.