Marine Troopers Rescue Man Drifting On Barnegat Bay

Photo courtesy NJ State Police

OCEAN COUNTY – A man was rescued from the Barnegat Bay by the New Jersey State Police Marine Services Bureau late last night at approximately 11 p.m., according to New Jersey State Police.

The man was last seen at 4 p.m. When it began to get dark out and he was not yet home, the victim’s father called the police, stated NJSP in a Facebook post. Marine Services Bureau troopers, the U.S. Coast Guard, and Ocean County Sheriff’s Office began a search.

A call to 9-1-1 from a Waretown resident helped narrow the search. This caller heard the victim yelling for help from the bay. It was 11 p.m. by the time a NJSP vessel found the man, discovering his engine had died and his personal watercraft was taking on water. The victim was not injured in the incident.

“This successful rescue was the result of a great job by our marine troopers, partners, and the Waretown resident who called 9-1-1 to assist us with the search. No, that person was not on the couch or asleep, thankfully,” stated the post.