The following was provided by the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office.
BERKELEY TOWNSHIP – Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato and Berkeley Township Police Chief Karin DiMichele today announced details of an apparent drowning at Fisher’s Pit here.
At approximately 8:44pm on July 2nd, the Berkeley Township Police Department responded to Fisher’s Pit in response to a 9-1-1 call reporting a swimmer in distress. Fisher’s Lake as it is called by locals is a very deep inactive sand and gravel mining pit filled with water near Hickory Road and Northern Blvd. It borders Beachwood and Berkeley Township. The pit is difficult to access and is an extremely dangerous unprotected place to swim. The steep and sandy banks make it very difficult for an individual to find enough support to exit the water filled pit. Individuals should never swim there.
Responding Officers searched the area and were later joined by the Water Rescue Team of the Bayville and the Manitou Park Fire Companies. The professionally trained rescue team entered the pit, located and recovered the victim from the pit. The victim was transported to Community Medical Center for treatment, and subsequently pronounced dead by Dr. Benard at 10:30 PM. The victim is identified as Gary Douglas, 18, of South Toms River.
Det. Jay Mroczka of the Berkeley Township Police Department and Det. Brian Haggerty of the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office are continuing the investigation.
CORRECTION: The earlier news release provided by the county incorrectly stated the Berkeley Water Rescue Team responded. We have updated the story with the proper responding teams accordingly.