August 14th

At approximately 1240 am Special Officers Newman and Waldron were on patrol on the boardwalk in the area of Brown Avenue.  As the officers came to the southernmost end of the boardwalk they observed a commotion on the beach near the outflow pipe of Wreck Pond.  Both responded down to the area where they were advised that a group was out swimming in the area of the pipe.  As the individuals came onto the beach, they found that they were unable to locate a 16 female from Sea Girt.  After hours swimmer in distress was activated, consisting of SMART Team members of the Spring Lake, Sea Girt & Manasquan Lifeguards.  Also dispatched were the Spring Lake Fire Companies, Spring Lake First Aid, Sea Girt Fire Company, Manasquan Marine 27, New Jersey State Police, NJ Coast Guard as well as other surrounding agencies to assist.  During the exhaustive search the female was located in the area of Brown Avenue Lot.  The victim stated that while in the water by the pipe she was pulled into the pipe and drawn into Wreck Pond. The victim was experiencing near drowning symptoms and was transported by Spring Lake EMS to be evaluated at Jersey Shore University Medical Center. Parents were notified by patrols. 

            Scene cleared without further incident. 

            As a reminder this incident could have turned out much worse.  Individuals are reminded that it is not safe to be in the Ocean at night.  Incidents like this not only put you in danger but those that are called out for you in your time of need.