Man Rescued After Fall From Personal Watercraft in Bay Later Dies

Aug 23, 2016
Courtesy of: Long Beach Township Police Department

On Sunday, Aug. 21, members of the Long Beach Township Beach Patrol and the Long Beach Township Police Department Water Rescue Team came to the aid of a man who fell off a personal watercraft in the bay, near channel marker 76. A call came in to police dispatch at approximately 1:30 p.m., and the caller stated the victim was having difficulty breathing.

The LBTPD’s Ptl. Paul Vereb and Ptl. Sean Ferguson drove to Bayview Park with the team’s water rescue Humvee, and launched water rescue PWCs to respond to the incident.

“The Long Beach Township Beach Patrol had already made contact with the victim and had loaded him onto their PWC” when Vereb and Ferguson arrived, the department explained. “All units arrived back to the area of the Brant Beach Yacht Club with the victim, who was pulse-less and not breathing.”

The officers and lifeguards began life-saving efforts and were able to restore a weak pulse, said the police. The victim, Joseph J. Bernhardt, 69, of East Hampton, N.J., was subsequently transported by Beach Haven First Aid Squad to Community Medical Center, where he later passed away.

LBT Officer Mark Stanish, LBT Special Officers Randy Cabrera and Franny Jarin, and LBTBP lifeguards Tracey Schmidt, Patrick Craig, Robert Lynch, Austin Schwerzel and Ryan Metz were all involved in the rescue efforts. —J.K.-H.


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