N.J. state troopers jump onto moving boat to assist unresponsive man

A state trooper prepares to jump onto a moving sightseeing boat off Atlantic County Monday afternoon to render assistance to an unconscious man. (Image taken from a video courtesy of Kevin Gilbert)

A state trooper prepares to jump onto a moving sightseeing boat off Atlantic County Monday afternoon to render assistance to an unconscious man. (Image taken from a video courtesy of Kevin Gilbert)

New Jersey state troopers jumped onto a moving tour boat in the ocean off Atlantic County on Monday afternoon to assist an unresponsive man.

Atlantic City Cruisers personnel radioed for assistance while the sightseeing vessel was in the ocean about a half-mile off Brigantine, according to a New Jersey State Police press release.

Not wanting to waste any time transporting the man back to shore, a state police vessel — occupied by Staff Sgt. Jaime Ablett, Tpr. II Dan Detullio, and Tpr. II Bryan Davern — pulled alongside the boat and troopers jumped aboard, the release said.

Kevin Gilbert was on the tour boat and captured the dramatic entry in the video below.

The troopers found an off-duty registered nurse performing chest compressions on the man, who had collapsed and was unconscious, according to state police.

Authorities say the troopers teamed up with the nurse to continue CPR and used an automated external defibrillator on the man, who regained a pulse and began breathing.

He was then transported back to shore and taken to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center in Atlantic City, according to state police.

Police did not release the man’s condition.

“The troops acted swiftly to get on the vessel and get to victim,” a state police spokesperson said. “Their outstanding life-saving and courageous efforts undoubtedly helped save the victim’s life!”

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