Off-Duty NJ Trooper and Good Samaritan Save Two Distressed Kayakers

June 17, 2021

MANASQUAN, NJ (MONMOUTH)–An off-duty New Jersey State Trooper and a good Samaritan saved two distressed kayakers who fell overboard in the Glimmer Glass Creek in Manasquan, Monmouth County. (Brielle Road between Green Avenue and Draw Bridge Lane-Glimmer Glass Lane)

On Sunday, June 13, Sergeant First Class Erin Smith was traveling over the Glimmer Glass Drawbridge when she noticed an overturned kayak, two orange life vests floating, and two women struggling in the water. She immediately exited her vehicle, ran towards the bridge and called to the struggling women to ask if they needed assistance.

While speaking with the women, Brielle resident, Andrew Jacobs, who was riding his bicycle over the bridge with his family, offered his assistance to rescue the women. Both SFC Smith and Andrew Jacobs jumped off the Glimmer Glass Draw Bridge into the water and swam to the victims.  Together, they were able to get to the kayakers and bring them safely to the shore.

A short time later, members of the Manasquan Police Department, Manasquan Fire Department, Manasquan lifeguards, Brielle Police Department, and Brielle First Aid Squad arrived to assist.  The victims were treated on scene and released.

Due to the quick actions of SFC Erin Smith and Andrew Jacobs, we are happy to report that both victims are doing well.