First Responders Rescue Submerged Car

Photo courtesy South Toms River EMS

  TOMS RIVER – On Sunday, several first responders were able to rescue a car that was submerged in South Toms River.

  Units from the South Toms River Emergency Medical Services, Manitou Park Vol. Fire Company, South Toms River Police Department, Berkeley Twp. Hazmat and multiple tow companies responded to 1 South Main Street regarding a car underwater. Prior to EMS arriving, the occupant was able to exit the car.

  Both the Manitou Park Vol. Fire Co. Water Rescue Team and members of STREMS set up a rope system to give swimmers access to the vehicle underwater. An unexpected strong current caused the car to move 400 feet down river.

Photo courtesy South Toms River EMS

  Responders were able to secure the car and removed it from the water with the help of the tow companies.

South Toms River Police Chief William Kosch told Jersey Shore Online that the incident was accidental, as the driver mistakenly touched the accelerator instead of the brake while parking. The vehicle was fully submerged and the driver was the only occupant. Only minor injuries were reported

  After the car was removed, Hazmat assessed the area and had no signs of hazardous substances in the water.