3-Year-Old Airlifted at Sea Off Barnegat Light

Local Crews Respond to Boat Fall Emergency
Jun 20, 2018

Barnegat Light First Aid Squad emergency medical technicians responded with Coast Guard Station Barnegat Light to a report of a 3-year-old fall victim who was on a boat 35 miles off Barnegat Light Sunday. The patient was airlifted to the Trauma Center at Jersey Shore University Hospital in Neptune. No further update on the child’s condition was available.

According to the U.S. Coast Guard Public Affairs Detachment in Atlantic City, the boy was injured when he fell on a pleasure craft that was in the ocean 35 miles southeast of Barnegat Inlet. The boat operators made an emergency call to the Coast Guard on the marine radio, and Station Barnegat Light was dispatched with a 47-foot motor lifeboat and then an air crew on an MH 65 Dolphin helicopter, according to reports.

Barnegat Light First Aid Squad Capt. Bob Selfridge and fellow EMT Colin Pecci responded with the crew of the second boat the Coast Guard sent out, a 24-footer. Selfridge said the incident turned out to be “a pediatric call that was serious enough to call helo (helicopter transport).”

“We run quite a few calls with the Coast Guard each year,” said Selfridge.

Referring to the fact that the pleasure boat occupants called the emergency in by radio, a Coast Guard public affairs representative reminds boaters that is the “best practice” in such a case. Channel 16 is the distress channel on marine radio. —M.S.

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