Brigantine Firefighters Save the Life of an Overturned Boater
Brigantine firefighters responded to a call Sunday morning about an overturned sailboat in the bay behind 12th St. South with a boater in 40 degree water.
Firefighters launched a water rescue using a jetski from the boat ramp at 6th St. South and Bayshore Ave. wearing newly purchased cold water rescue suits.
According to a Facebook post, Brigantine's Alpha platoon found the victim about 600 yards from shore. He was loaded onto a water rescue sled, brought back to shore, and loaded into an awaiting ambulance.
The victim was uninjured and was suffering from only minor exposure since he was wearing a 5 mil neoprene wetsuit and life vest.
Brigantine Fire's response time from the moment of the call until the distressed boater was loaded in to the ambulance was less than 15 minutes.