Jetty Rescue 10/19/2015

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Police and firefighters rescued a man who fell off the end of the Manasquan Inlet jetty Monday night.

The 26-year-old victim suffered a cut to his head and possible neck and back injuries, according to Manasquan fire chief Ed Hill.  The call came in at about 7:15 pm and the rescue took more than an hour because the victim was located at the very tip of the south jetty of Manasquan Inlet, he said.

When police and firefighters arrived on scene, the man was still in the water, Hill said. Once he was rescued, first-responders stabilized him while still down on the white t-shaped rocks about a quarter mile off the beach. They then had to lift him about 15 feet from the waterline up the rocks.

“We had to stabilize the victim on the rocks,” said Nick Marino, the water rescue officer for the Manasquan Fire Department. “Once we had the victim packaged, we used a low-angle rope system to pull the stokes basket up to the platform of the jetty.”

From there, about 30 police, firefighters and first aid personnel then carried the man hand-over-hand to a waiting ambulance, which transported him to Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune.