August 14th

Spring Lake Police received reports of a vessel that had crashed into the rocks at Newark Avenue Beach.  The First reports had multiple victims in the water and the possibility of a victim trapped under the vessel.  Initial responding Patrolman Emmett Smith, Patrolman Sean Duggan & Chief Edward Kerr entered the water and found three victims on the vessel.  Shortly after Patrolman Michael Palmer, Sergeant Anthony Ploskonka as well as members of the Spring Lake Heights Police Department, Wall Police Department, Lake Como Police Department, Spring Lake Fire & First Aid Squad, Spring Lake Heights Fire Company, Belmar First Aid, Wall Fire Companies and  after hours rescue swimmer teams from SMART and Belmar arrived to assist.  All three victims were removed from the vessel and were transported to Jersey Shore University Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.  New Jersey State Police Marine Unit arrived and will be investigating the cause of the crash.