Brother Dies In Barnegat Bay Jet Ski Collision
A brother is dead after a jet ski collision in Barnegat Bay.
24-year-old Matthew Barther of Long Valley collided with his brother Patrick Barther, 20, near the Pier One Motel and the Mathis Bridge in Toms River around 7:45 p.m. Sunday nigh.
Both men were taken by boat to the Pier One's marina and taken to Community Medical Center. Matthew was pronounced dead at the hospital while Patrick was treated for minor injuries.
A cause of death for Matthew Barther has not been determined.
One of the jet skis drifted several miles to the north and was spotted in the water near Rochester Drive in Brick prompting police to begin a search for the rider. After an hour long search with a helicopter police were able to connect the jet ski to the earlier Toms River incident.