Bayonne Fire Department help rescue man & woman who fell off jet ski into New York Bay


The Bayonne Fire Department helped rescue a man and woman who fell off a jet ski into the New York Bay yesterday afternoon, officials said.

Photo courtesy of the Bayonne Office of Emergency Management.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

At approximately 1:48 p.m. yesterday, the Bayonne Fire Department was dispatched to the New York Bay on a report of people in the water and in distress, Deputy Chief Bill Bartos said in a statement.

Arriving units found two victims in the water near the Bayonne Liberty Cruise Port. The man and woman had fallen off their jet ski, which was taken away by the current.

Members of Royal Caribbean and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Police Department had thrown life rings to both, who were attempting to make it towards shore.

The Bayonne FD dispatched Marine 1, as well as land-based units and immediately put a rescue swimmer in the water. As a result, firefighters were able to remove both people safely.

McCabe EMS transported the female victim to a nearby hospital, while the male victim was treated and released at the scene. The Bayonne Police Department responded. as well as the New Jersey State Police and the NYPD marine units to assist.

Additionally, firefighters were also able to recover the wayward jet ski.

“I’m very proud of our firefighters, as they always move quickly and professionally to respond to the needs of our community,” Bartos added.

“I also want to stress the importance of wearing personal flotation devices (PFD). Fortunately, both of these jet skiers were wearing PFD’s, however, had they not, this situation could have been tragic.””

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