New Jersey State Police Marine Troopers Rescue Kayaker in Barnegat Bay
Sergeant Paul Rodemann and Trooper Christopher Menello rescued a kayaker who was struggling stay afloat in Barnegat Bay after a large wake caused his kayak to take on water and capsize. Bruce Parker, 51, of Browns Mills, N.J., lost his life jacket when he fell into the water at approximately 4 p.m. on Tuesday, November 4. He was able to retrieve his cell phone from inside his kayak and call for help. When troopers arrived, Parker was struggling to stay afloat due to fatigue and cold water temperatures. The troopers pulled Parker onto their vessel and provided him with dry clothes to prevent the onset of hypothermia. He was then relayed to Barnegat Municipal Ramp where he denied any further medical treatment.