BRICK – Officers rescued an injured young woman who broke her leg in a wave runner accident, police said.
Around 3:36 p.m. August 11, Lieutenant Paul Catalina and Officers Andriy Shevchuk and Carissa Pagnotta of the Brick Police Department were patrolling the Metedeconk River when found a woman in distress along with an unoccupied wave runner personal water craft (PWC).
According to police, the woman was operating a PWC when she collided with her boyfriend who was operating another PWC. As a result, she was ejected from the craft and into the water. Police said she complaining of pain in her leg which was later determined to be broken.
Officers were able to pull the victim onto the patrol boat by using a boat pole. She was then transported to Pier 281 Marina on Princeton Avenue where EMTs were standing by to bring her to the hospital for treatment of her injuries.
Officer Shevchuk drove her wave runner to the same marina for safe keeping. The NJSP Marine Unit responded to handle the crash report, police said.
Body camera footage captured the incident and showed officers pulling the victim onto the boat, and later carrying her off the boat onto the dock where EMTs were waiting.
Chief David Forrester commends the officers for this water rescue whose quick and decisive actions prevented further harm to a young woman in danger.