Barnegat Bay Search for Jet Skier a False Alarm, Police Say
TOMS RIVER — A search Sunday night in Barnegat Bay for a man who reported to have fallen off a jet ski turned out to be a false report.
State Police spokesman Sgt FC Jeff Flynn said Monday morning that the incident was now being investigated as a false alarm. The search was triggered by a 911 call about a 50 year old man without a life jacket falling off a jet ski, according to Flynn, who did not disclose how the determination was made it was a false report.
State Police on Sunday night said the call was placed by teenagers claiming to have witnessed the incident in Shelter Cove in Toms River.
The search involved State Police marine and aviation units and the Coast Guard. Units from Brick, Lavallette, Seaside Heights, and Toms River were also involved in the search, according to the Asbury Park Press.
It was the second time law enforcement was called to the bay this weekend.
A group of teenagers reported the incident and said he did not appear to be wearing a life jacket, according to police.
Robert Kaminski, 62, of Morristown died on Saturday after his personal watercraft hit another head-on in Barnegat Bay just north of the Route 37 bridge. An investigation is ongoing and State Police did not disclose a timeline of events leading to the crash.