A beach replenishment worker drove heavy machinery into the ocean off Sea Girt to rescue surveyors whose vessel capsized after getting hit by a wave Saturday morning, the Asbury Park Press reported.
The incident occurred before 9 a.m. after two waves hit the boat, causing it to capsize, police said. One passenger was tossed into the frigid ocean, while the other was entrapped in the cabin, according to police. The boat was occupied by beach replenishment surveyors.
A beach replenishment worker then drove equipment into the ocean and pulled the boat ashore, police said.
The surveyors, who were in the water for about 10 minutes, suffered from hypothermia, police said. One was taken by private vehicle to Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune, while the other was taken to a house, according to police, who did not elaborate on their conditions. Police did not identify any of the parties involved.
The incident appeared to have no environmental impact, police said.
Additional responding emergency units included the Sea Girt Fire Company, Spring Lake Heights Police Department, and first aid squads from Manasquan, Spring Lake, and Wall.