Bayonne Fire Department performs successful water rescue for ‘stranded kayaker’


The Bayonne Fire Department performed a successful water rescue for a “stranded kayaker” who was found clinging to his vessel near the former Military Ocean Terminal.

Photo courtesy of the Bayonne Office of Emergency Management.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

“At 4:35 p.m. [Saturday], the Bayonne Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a kayaker in distress on the east side waterways of Bayonne. Responding firefighters found a kayaker clinging to his vessel in the middle of the inlet that separates the Peninsula at Bayonne Harbor (former MOT) and the LeFante Way Shopping Plaza,” Fire Chief Keith Weaver said in a statement.

“First responders were able to communicate with the stranded kayaker using a bullhorn and determined that he was wearing a life-vest. The victim was approximately 100 yards from either shore and was unreachable except by boat. The Bayonne Fire Department boat successfully reached the man and pulled him to safety.”

The victim, who was not identified, was described as “conscious and alert” when being treated by paramedics before before being transported to the Bayonne Medical Center. An update on his condition was not immediately available.

“I am happy that this situation ended well. Far too often, people run into trouble in the rough waters around Bayonne, but due to the quick action of our Fire Department and other first responders, this young man will be able to tell this story. This is a great example on how wearing a life vest prevented a tragedy,” Weaver added.

The Bayonne Police Department, McCabe Ambulance, NYPD Marine & Aviation units,
the Port Authority Police Department, and the Bayonne Office of Emergency Management all responded to the scene as well.

Officials did not provide any explanation why the man was out kayaking or if he was violating any state or local emergency orders by doing so.

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