Marine Services Bureau

Search and Rescue Stories


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Part of the Marine Services Bureau’s Core Values is the preservation of life and property. As a means of accomplishing this task, members of the Marine Services Bureau receive Open Water, Swift Water and Ice Rescue Training.

Throughout the year they conduct specialized training, such as helicopter hoist operations, to hone their skills to assist with the preservation of life and property.

Additionally, Marine Services conducts joint training missions with the United States Coast Guard, State, County and Municipal Law Enforcement agencies.

Please click on the Search and Rescue Stories Links below to read true accounts of recent rescue missions.


August 12, 2016

Rescue - Atlantic City Station

SSgt. William Tirotti
On 8/12/2016 at 6:08pm, SSgt. Tirotti #5917 was on single patrol operating a 22' Zodiac in the area of Cape May Harbor, Lower Twp. Read more...

August 09, 2016

Rescue - Atlantic City Station

Trooper II. Russ Ryan
Trooper II. Russ Ryan #7065 should be commended for his swift response on Tuesday August 9, 2016. Trooper Ryan was on single vessel patrol in the Absecon Inlet, Atlantic City operating a 23’ twin outboard V-Ram Rigid Inflatable vessel. Read more...

June 26, 2016

Rescue - Point Pleasant Station

SFC Rodney Goodson, Sgt. Timothy Bush, Trooper I Chris Menello, Trooper II James Herring
On Sunday June 26, 2016 at approximately 5:41 pm the State Police was advised that a vessel had capsized in the Point Pleasant Canal. Eleven persons and a dog were on board the capsized vessel and in peril in the turbulent waters of the canal. Read more...

May 13, 2015

Suicide - Carteret Station

Trooper I Robert Albano & Trooper I Matthew Powers
Trooper I Robert Albano #6212 and Trooper I Matthew Powers #6472 should be commended for their swift actions on Wednesday May 13, 2015. Read more...

April 13, 2015

Rescue - Point Pleasant Station

Sergeant James Matier & Trooper I Christopher Menello
On Monday April 13, 2015 at approximately 1508 hours, a Mayday was broadcasted via VHF Channel 16, reporting a person within the water within the vicinity of the Toms River near the Light House Marina. Read more...

July 12, 2014

Rescue - Point Pleasant Station

SSGT Rodney Goodson
On 7-12-2014 at approximately 10:40 AM, a MAYDAY was broadcast on VHS channel 16 advising that a large vessel had struck the submerged jetty in Barnegat inlet. Read more...

July 21, 2013

Rescue - Wildwood Station

Sgt. C. Jones
On July 21, 2013, Sgt. Jones #6456 was on patrol in State Police Vessel #8212, in the area of Hereford Inlet, Cape May County, when he was advised of a vessel aground on the North East side of the Inlet. Read more...

July 04, 2013

Rescue - Point Pleasant Station

Trooper Matier & Trooper Pearce
On July 4th, 2013, both Troopers Matier #6461 and Pearce #6469 were assigned to a fireworks detail in Point Pleasant Station's area, specifically the Toms River in Berkeley Township, when they responded to a call for help over VHF Radio, Channel 16. Read more...

April 05, 2013

Rescue - Atlantic City Station

Tpr. I Jaime Ablett
On April 5, 2013, Tpr. I Jaime Ablett observed that a motor vehicle accident had just occurred and the vehicle involved had come to rest overturned and submerged in a retention pond in front of the Home Depot. Read more...

November 02, 2011

Theft - Atlantic City Station

Tpr. II J. Ablett & Tpr. II J. Laspada
On Wednesday, November 2, 2011, the New Jersey State Police Marine Services Bureau, Atlantic City Station received a call from the Ocean City Police Department advising that a 75 foot white and red paddle boat was stolen from their municipality. Read more...


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