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Two Kayakers Rescued From Ocean off Ortley Beach

Fast, wind-driven current pushed kayakers offshore

Ocean Beach Fire Company (Patch File Photo)
Ocean Beach Fire Company (Patch File Photo)
A pair of local kayakers who got caught in a quick-moving ocean current once a strong west wind kicked up Tuesday night were safely rescued by local fire company personnel, officials said.

Toms River police received a 911 call from one of the kayakers at 7:26 p.m. reporting that despite their best efforts to turn back toward shore, their boats had turned sideways and were being blown eastward into the open ocean, said police spokesman Ralph Stocco.

The pair, a 44-year-old Ortley Beach man and a 41-year-old Seaside Park woman, were in separate kayaks off the area of Joey Harrison's Surf Club when the wind picked up, Stocco said.

They were ultimately rescued by members of the Ocean Beach Fire Company, Lavallette Fire Department and Seaside Heights Fire Department, who responded to the scene with watercrafts, Stocco said. The U.S. Coast Guard dispatched a 47-foot Motor Life Boat to the scene, however both kayakers had been rescued before the crew arrived.

The kayakers were not injured and refused medical treatment, said Stocco.
i don't get it?? May 28, 2014 at 08:10 AM
The wind kicked up out of nowhere last night knocking tree limbs down...The kayaks sit on top of the water and when the surface water moves that fast even the most experienced kayaker is going to have trouble. As usual Patch Critics know EVERYTHING!
Deep Throat May 28, 2014 at 08:29 AM
Just for the record the wind did kick up out of nowhere. But it was predicted hours earlier. Perhaps the kayakers did not know EVERYTHING.
Wallace C Smith Jr. May 28, 2014 at 08:50 AM
Saw a few guys almost a mile off by Lavallette while flying yesterday. That NW wind can be a fooler
F-TR May 28, 2014 at 11:10 AM
At 7:26 its getting dark. Anyone in the ocean in a kayak at that time is a moron. Surprised to read they are locals. Sounds like a bennie stunt.
Mac May 28, 2014 at 11:23 AM
perhaps it would be wise if kayakers started carrying their passports with them

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