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Critically Injured Jet Skier Airlifted From Park

Gateway National Recreation Area

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Park dispatch received a routed 911 call from Monmouth County dispatch on the afternoon of May 16th reporting a severely injured jet skier on the north side of Sandy Hook along the Atlantic Ocean. Rangers were immediately dispatched. Sandy Hook Fire Rescue was conducting a monthly training session and also immediately responded with six firefighters and three emergency medical technicians. Rangers soon arrived on scene and located the victim along the shoreline between North Beach and the tip of Sandy Hook. The park fire chief and two other EMT’s arrived and also made contact with the man, who was complaining of severe pelvic pain, abdominal pain, and numerous other medical issues. The victim had been running his jet ski when he was hit by a large wave and thrown from the craft, with the jet ski landing on top of him in the surf zone at the water’s edge. He was assessed, packaged, and transported off the beach in a pickup driven by park natural resource staff. EMT’s asked that a New Jersey State Police medevac air ambulance be dispatched to the scene due to the mechanism of his injury as well as his chief complaints and overall basic assessment. Sea Bright First Aid met the truck transporting the injured man from the beach. Sandy Hook fire personnel and rangers set up the helicopter landing zone and awaited the medevac landing. Sea Bright Fire Department also arrived to support the helicopter landing. The victim was turned over to the medevac flight nurses and flown to Jersey Shore Medical Center in Neptune, New Jersey. The park was able to have law enforcement, fire, and emergency medical units on scene within ten minutes of the initial call through the 911 system.



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