Station 44 SCUBA teams responds to frightening event with happy ending along Ortley Beach…

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SHFD 1st Assistant Chief Billy Rumbolo is seen with SHFD members Brian Hoffnagle and Michael Rumbolo, and members of the Seaside Park SCUBA/Rescue team, during the search for a missing eight-year old boy in Ortley Beach. The boy, “Jared” was later located safe.

At about 3 p.m. on August 1, 2007, Station 44, The Seaside Heights Volunteer Fire Department SCUBA/Rescue team responded to a report of a missing child along the beach in Ortley Beach, part of SHFD coverage area. A child, “Jared” was missing for about an hour. Since Jared had last been seen boogie-boarding, it was feared that perhaps he had been pulled under the water. Along with teams from Ocean Beach and Seaside Park, Seaside Heights 1st Assistant Chief Billy Rumbolo led his squad into the water with the jet ski. During the incident, the beach was packed with people, most concerned and looking for the missing child. Ortley Beach Lifeguards announced the situation over the loudspeaker system during the tense time period. The waters were searched for about 20 minutes before good news was heard. Jared had been located at Carteret Avenue and The Boardwalk in Seaside Heights, a good ten-minute walking distance from where he had been initially. Cheers and applause erupted from the crowd of beach-goers as it was announced that Jared had been located.

CLICK THE ARROW BELOW TO BE CONNECTED A SPECIALLY-PRODUCED youtube.com VIDEO FROM THE RESCUE CALL IN ORTLEY BEACH.

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