Atlantic Highlands – A passenger on Seastreak ferry yesterday jumped overboard. He was observed by a crew member who tried to reach the man as he removed his jacket and climbed over the rail and jumped into the water. The alert crew member threw the man a ring buoy and notified the boat’s captain, who circled around to pick up the man and take him to the Coast Guard Station at Sandy Hook, where the man was treated by EMT’s.
SeaStreak issued the following statement:
At approximately 12:45 p.m. (yesterday), while the M/V Wall Street was in route from SeaStreak’s Connors terminal in Highlands, NJ to Pier 11 in Manhattan, a male passenger jumped from the vessel into Sandy Hook Bay. An alert crewmember saw the man remove his jacket and climb over the vessel’s rail, but was unable to reach the man before he jumped into the water. The crewmember, following SeaStreak’s man overboard procedure in which he and all other SeaStreak crew members are regularly trained under, threw a lighted ring buoy to the man. The Captain and other crew members were immediately notified of the man overboard situation. Crewmembers and a passenger kept visual contact with the man until the vessel’s Captain was able to turn the vessel around and return to him. The man, who remained conscious, was successfully retrieved from the water. The vessel’s crew covered the man and attempted to make him comfortable. The vessel’s Captain was in contact with the United States Coast Guard and the vessel was approximately 7 miles from the United States Coast Guard Station at Sandy Hook at the time of the incident. After retrieving the man from the water, the vessel proceeded at full speed to the Coast Guard Station Sandy Hook, where local emergency medical technicians met the vessel. The alert actions and flawless execution by the vessel’s Captain and crew of the vessel’s man overboard procedure likely saved the passenger’s life.