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ahfas harbor rescue 160421PHOTO: Rescue personnel wheel a stretcher carrying a woman who jumped into the bay fully clothed.  Photos credit: Allan Dean

ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS, NJ – Police responded on Thursday to a call about a woman in distress in the chilly waters of Raritan Bay.   At 9:54 AM today, radio dispatch reported a woman was in the water about 300 feet off the Seastreak pier at the Atlantic Highlands Municipal Harbor.  


The Atlantic Highlands First Aid and Safety Squad responded to the scene with an ambulance. The Atlantic Highlands Fire Department reported to the Seastreak pier. The First Aid Squad, using their rescue boat in the effort, pulled the 49 year-old Atlantic Highlands resident out of the water.  Another boat, this one from the U.S. Coast Guard, was also on scene.  ahfas harbor rescue boats 160421


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The woman was soaked to the bone after nearly 15 minutes in the chilly 58 degree water.  Rescuers said they had removed her clothing and wrapped her in blankets, before bringing her ashore by the dock near the boat launch.

Police Chief Jerry Vasto, on the scene, said the woman was having an emotional “crisis moment”.  She was transported by ambulance to Riverview Medical Center for evaluation, according to AH Police Capt. David Rossbach.

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Allan Dean

Allan Dean is editor, publisher, and founder of the Atlantic Highlands Herald. Published since 1999 and selected in 2000 by the Borough of Atlantic Highlands as one of their official newspapers, making...