For the second time in 2 weeks, Bayonne Fire Department rescues stranded kayaker


For the second time in two weeks, the Bayonne Fire Department rescued a stranded kayaker, located somewhere “between Elizabeth and the Bayonne Bridge,” officials said.

Photo courtesy of the Bayonne Office of Emergency Management.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

At 2:45 p.m., Bayonne public safety dispatchers received a call about a kayaker in distress “between Elizabeth and the Bayonne Bridge,” according to the city’s office of emergency management.

As a result, the Bayonne Fire Department Marine Unit was launched and located a vessel that had pulled the stranded kayaker onto their boat. The victim was placed on the BFD marine boat and transported to the 16th Street Boat Dock, where he was met by McCabe Ambulance.

The victim stated that he was in the water approximately 30 minutes before being rescued, officials said.

“Today’s rescue tells us two things. First, how important it is to always wear a life vest, as a life vest saved this man’s life,” BFD Chief Keith Weaver said in a statement.

“Secondly, the quickness and professionalism of the members of the Bayonne Fire Department is something we should all be proud of.”

The BFD performed the rescue of a “stranded kayaker” found clinging to his vessel near the former Military Ocean Terminal on April 18th.

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