A quick thinking fisherman activated a chain of events that culminated with the successful rescue of a swimmer caught in a rip current off an unguarded beach in Ocean Grove Monday evening.
Rescue crews responded shortly after receiving a 911 call from a fisherman who noticed a woman in distress and being pulled out, according to a report on APP.com.
The call activated a search by the Area Network of Shore Water Emergency Responders (ANSWER) team and the U.S. Coast Guard that began minutes before 9:00 p.m., the report said.
The numerous ANSWER team rescue swimmers that entered the water were accompanied by a 25-foot Coast Guard vessel, according to the report.
By 9:15 p.m., the woman was hoisted onto the Coast Guard boat and transported to the Manasquan Coast Guard station, where she was met by the first aid squad, the report said.
Officials did not know the woman’s condition.