by Phil Stilton
LAVALLETTE-At approximately 7:15 pm on Saturday, several individuals were rescued from a capsized boat in the Barnegat Bay north of Pelican approximately 100 yards from the Pershing Avenue waterfront near Stooling Point.
The Lavallette Fire Department managed the rescue operation with assistance from Seaside Heights Station 44 and the Ocean Beach Volunteer Fire Company.
Chief Art Reece of the Lavallette Volunteer Fire Company said the boat, occupied by 10 people rolled over and most were ejected. Within minutes, nearby boaters and personal watercraft riders rescued the victims. One person, the driver of the boat, was rushed to the vicinity of Sixth Terrace in Seaside Heights where Toms River Police EMS and MONOC medical staff transported the patient to a landing zone at Jacobsen Park on Camden Avenue where they were flown to Jersey Shore Medical Center in Neptune.
Several other victims were treated on scene for minor injuries once on land at Pershing Avenue.
The Lavallette First Aid and Tri-Boro First Aid squads also responded to the call, with the Toms River Police Department, United States Coast Guard and New Jersey State Police.
The New Jersey State Marine Police are investigating the incident.
Photos by Ocean Beach Fire Department.