Combative man taken into police custody after nighttime ocean rescue

 Asbury Park Fire Department file image.

Asbury Park Fire Department file image.

A combative man was taken into police custody Wednesday night after firefighters rescued him from a rip current in Monmouth County, authorities say. 

Firefighters responded to the Fifth Avenue beach in Asbury Park at 9:30 p.m. on a report of a swimmer in distress.

According to authorities, responding firefighters couldn’t immediately find the victim and moved the search to the direction of a rapid current. The swimmer then “popped up” in the surf, APP.com reported

A firefighter rescued the man, identified as Joshua O’Donnell, 32, of Metuchen.

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Asbury Park Police Department spokesman Sgt. Michael Casey tells the Asbury Park Sun that once on the shoreline, the man began to shout, took a threatening stance, and raised his arms “in a violent manner at the numerous police officers on scene.”

Police charged O’Donnell with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest, according to the police spokesman. He was transported to a local hospital for evaluation. 

Jersey Shore emergency personnel have responded to multiple ocean incidents since Monday. 

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