Bayonne firefighters rescue ‘combative’ woman from Newark Bay

In a torrential downpour, rescuers swam into the bay

Responders were able to save the woman despite resistance. Photo courtesy of Bayonne OEM.
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Responders were able to save the woman despite resistance. Photo courtesy of Bayonne OEM.

The Bayonne Fire Department rescued a woman from Newark Bay on Sept. 3, according to Deputy Chief Bill Bartos.

The BFD was dispatched to Newark Bay off Veterans Stadium at 8:47 p.m. on a report of a woman in the water.

In the midst of a torrential downpour, police and fire units spotted a woman approximately 200 to 300 yards offshore.

Fast work

The BFD launched two marine units and were able to make contact within minutes. The woman refused to be rescued and continued to evade rescuers, Bartos said.

Two BFD swimmers went into the bay to attempt a rescue. The woman remained combative and would not allow rescuers to secure her.

At approximately 10 p.m., BFD personnel were able to safely pull her aboard their vessel. The woman was transported to the 16th Street boat dock where she was met by McCabe Ambulance and transported to an area hospital.

“Tonight’s rescue was an incredible display of bravery and professionalism from our firefighters,” Bartos said. “They exhibited great skill under challenging conditions and were able to bring this emergency to a successful end.”

Bartos thanked the NYPD, the New Jersey Regional Fireboat Task Force, the Bayonne Police Department, and McCabe Ambulance for their assistance and support.

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