Day: September 3, 2023

Breaking: Search For Missing 24-Year-Old Swimmer In Beach Haven

Update: Person is being transported to local hospital for treatment. The family says the person has passed away and once we have confirmed with Gofundme representatives we will post the Gofundme page for the Beach Haven swimmer. Two swimming tragedies this past weekend Seaside Park and Beach Haven.

See updates below for other area incidents including missing swimmer in Seaside Heights

September 3, 2023-Updated September 4, 2023

BEACH HAVEN, NJ (OCEAN)–Around 2:53 p.m. lifeguards, police and EMS were detailed to 5th Street for a submerged swimmer. Two people were pulled from the water but a third a reported 24-year-old male was missing. The fire department was requested as well as NJ State Police Marine Division and the United States Coast Guard to help with the search.

As of 3:17 p.m. the search is still ongoing for the 24-year-old missing swimmer.

3:38 p.m. NJ State Police helicopter on scene assisting in search.

3:45 p.m. U.S. Coast Guard starting vector search with helicopter.

4:08 p.m. there are reports of a body being recovered from the water and CPR in progress.

First Aid and Paramedics treating the victim and preparing for transport to hospital.

Beach Haven First Aid and Paramedics transporting the victim to the local hospital for treatment: (Photos taken just before 5:00 p.m. in Ship Bottom)

Times are approximate

Once official information is released the story will be updated.

Beach Haven First Aid and Paramedics transporting the victim to the local hospital for treatment: (Photos taken just before 5:00 p.m. in Ship Bottom)

Multiple other incidents this afternoon too many to keep up with. Some are listed below:

BERKELEY TOWNSHIP- ISLAND BEACH STATE PARK–In another incident about 5:00 p.m. there are reports of CPR being performed on Island Beach State Park on the beach at Area 23 reports of 70-year-old male in cardiac arrest.

SURF CITY –At 5:20 p.m. a medical helicopter was called to 12 Street Surf City for a traumatic injury. Pulling the person off the beach and victim will be flown to a hospital for treatment.

NJ State Police medical helicopter landed at 5:40 p.m. at EJ Elementary School recreation field commonly used for landing zones on the island.

The person was transported to Atlantic City Medical Center by NJ State Police helicopter.

Numerous other water rescues in Seaside Park, and Belmar late this afternoon.

BERKELEY TOWNSHIP ISLAND BEACH STATE PARK – a young male has been pulled from the water and not breathing around 6:50 p.m.

Landing Zone for helicopter will be at the Governor Mansion on Island Beach State Park. RWJ University Hospital helicopter en route at 7:08 p.m. 7:18 p.m. helicopter canceled for transport.

SEASIDE HEIGHTS— Several swimmers in distress rescued reports of 27 year old male missing.

Calling for Aqua Eyes sonar for missing person search. Still missing as of 8:15 p.m.

Search called off for tonight will resume in morning.

9/4/2023 Update for Seaside from Seaside Park Fire Company:

Yesterday morning at 5:21 a.m. the Seaside Park Fire Department was dispatched with zone 1 for a forest fire assignment, 4531’s crew spent 12 hours on a structural protection assignment. While that assignment was being conducted other crews responded to multiple other emergencies in town and in the State Park. These emergencies included multiple water rescues. When the crew from the forest fire returned they assisted the other 2 crews for a total of 10 emergencies for the day. Unfortunately, the final call of the day was a tragic one and someone did not get to go home with their family. Crews were on the Stockton Ave beach until after 9:00 p.m. on a recovery mission. Some of our members left their homes and did not return for 17 hours yesterday. We cannot stress enough the importance of staying out of the ocean when the lifeguards are off duty, we remind the public that today is the last day of guarded beaches in Seaside Park!

POINT PLEASANT BEACH – 7:30 p.m units responding for a submerged subject. 3 subjects out of water and safe.

BAY HEAD – Reports of 3 swimmers in water in distress all out upon arrival of first responders.

BELMAR — At approximately 6:06pm, the Belmar Police Department received a report of a group swimmers in distress off the 6th Avenue beach. Upon police arrival, multiple Belmar lifeguards/ Water Rescue members had entered the water and were able to rescue five swimmers. Another unresponsive swimmer was rescued from the water at the 5th Avenue beach and transported to Jersey Shore University Hospital. Two other swimmers were also transported to the hospital. There is no further information at this time.

Boat Burns On Toms River Near Island Heights

September 3, 2023

ISLAND HEIGHTS, NJ (OCEAN)–Around 1:48 p.m. a boat fire was reported in Toms River near Island Heights. Firefighters responded as well as the Sherriff’s Office. The fire was extinguished and it is unclear if there were any occupants on board at the time of the fire.

Further particulars to follow as information becomes available. photos by: Tyler Eckel

Plane Crash Starts 831+ Acre Wildfire In Ocean County

September 4, 2023 UPDATE:

WILDFIRE UPDATE: Airpark Wildfire – Miller Airpark – Lacey Twp, Ocean County

The New Jersey Forest Fire Service has made substantial progress in containing a wildfire burning in the area of the Robert J. Miller Airpark in Lacey Twp.

The wildfire has grown to 831 acres and is 70% contained.

⚠️ Dover Rd is closed from Lacey Rd to Pinewald Keswick Rd
⚠️ Mule Rd is closed from Lacey Rd to Pinewald Keswick Rd

⚠️ 25 structures threatened

Structure protection is being provided by local volunteer fire companies. We thank them for their assistance.

September 3, 2023

LACEY TOWNSHIP, NJ (OCEAN)–Sometime around 11:30 p.m. September 2, 2023 the Ocean County Sheriff’s Office received a report of smoke in the area of the Miller Air Park, Ocean County Airport (MJX), in Lacey Township near the border with Berkeley Township. The New Jersey Forrest Fire Service responded and found a small plane down in the woods on fire near the Miller Air Park and found a victim. The fire spread to the wood creating wildfire conditions in the area. Numerous surrounding fire departments responded with a task force for structural protection in the area. The Federal Aviation Administration and the New Jersey State Police RIC had officers responded. There were no survivors on the aircraft.

This is still an active scene further details to follow as information becomes available. photo

Lacey Township Police report:

Multiple agencies are involved managing an active forest fire in Lacey Township. Currently, Dover Road is closed from Lacey Road to Pinewald Keswick Road. Mule Road is closed from Lacey Road to Pinewald Keswick Road. There will be a noticeable presence of fire personnel in the area. Please avoid these areas.

Anticipate additional road closures throughout the day due to heavy smoke conditions in these areas.

There are no evacuations required at this point.

The New Jersey Forest Fire Service Reports

WILDFIRE ALERT: Airpark Wildfire – Miller Air Park – Lacey Twp, Ocean County

The New Jersey Forest Fire Service is responding to a wildfire burning in the area of the Miller Air Park in Lacey Twp.

⚠️ Dover Rd is closed from Lacey Rd to Pinewald Keswick Rd
⚠️ Mule Rd is closed from Pinewald Keswick Rd

Please avoid the area at this time.

FlightRadar24 shows a plane in the area of time of the reported smoke condition fall off radar in the area of the wildfire. (Note in UTC Time to Eastern Time is 10:17 p.m.)