Bayonne Fire Department rescues combative woman who fell into the Newark Bay


The Bayonne Fire Department rescued a combative woman who fell into the Newark Bay last night in the midst of a torrential downpour, an official said.

Photo courtesy of the Bayonne Office of Emergency Management.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

The Bayonne Fire Department was dispatched to Newark Bay off Veterans Stadium at 8:47pm Thursday on a report of a woman in the water, according to Deputy Fire Chief Bill Bartos.

In the midst of a torrential downpour, arriving police and fire units spotted a woman approximately 200 to 300 yards offshore. The BFD launched two marine units and were able to make contact within minutes.

However, the woman refused to be rescued and continued to evade rescuers. Two BFD rescue swimmers went into the bay to attempt a rescue, however, the woman remained combative and would not allow rescuers to secure her.

At approximately 10 p.m., Bayonne fire personnel were able to safely pull her aboard their vessel. The woman was transported to the 16th Street boat dock, met by McCabe Ambulance, and transported to an area hospital.

“Tonight’s rescue was an incredible display of bravery and professionalism from our firefighters. They exhibited great skill under challenging conditions and were able to bring this emergency to a successful end,” Bartos said in a statement.

“I want to express thanks to NYPD, the New Jersey Regional Fireboat Task Force, the Bayonne Police Department and McCabe Ambulance for their assistance and support.”