June 6, 2020
RUMSON, NJ (MONMOUTH)–A search for a 61 year old man from Burlington County has been called off when storms moved in after a kayack flipped over in the Navesink River. Two Burlington County men were on the kayak at the time and the 61 year old was not wearing a life jacket. Developing story more to follow.
Posted by Rumson First Aid Squad
Around 11 PM Thursday night, two Burlington county men were out fishing on a kayak in the Navesink River when a severe weather system caused the men’s kayak to flip over, one man was able to swim to shore.
Borough of Rumson Police Department, Rumson Fire Company, Rumson EMS, Sea Bright Fire, as well as the Coast Guard, NJSP Marine Unit, and MCSO dive team were dispatched and worked tirelessly through the night and into the next day to locate the man, unfortunately the search had to be called off at 10:30 Friday morning as a result of severe currents which hampered the efforts of rescue divers as well as another inbound storm system.
Rumson EMS Sgt. Maloney assisted with search operations while the rest of the squad assisted with rehab. The smooth execution of each agency’s duties was a testament to Monmouth county’s robust emergency services network. And to the level of agency interoperability possible with good communication. We thank all responding agencies for their contribution to the search.
At this time the victims status is still labeled as missing. Our prayers and well wishes are with his family.
Remember to always familiarize yourself with the environmental conditions, always wear a life jacket and never go out on the water without telling anyone.