Elderly Man Rescued After Jumping From Ferry

ASBURY PARK, NJ (AP) – A 71-year-old man who jumped off a New York-bound SeaStreak Ferry was quickly rescued from the frigid ocean waters by the quick-acting crew.

The man, identified by State Police as Joseph Ryan of Middletown, jumped off the ferry at about 12:45 p.m. Tuesday.

Authorities say the ferry was headed to Pier 11 in New York and was about seven miles from Sandy Hook when the incident happened.

Senior Deckhand Dan Bevins tell the Asbury Park Press that he saw the man climb up to a rail and jump. He alerted the captain, who turned the boat around.

Bevins says that Ryan firmly grabbed the boat hook he was offered and was plucked from the water.

Ryan was conscious when the ferry reached the shore. He was taken to Monmouth Medical Center.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

  • DanTe

    Why was everyone delayed so that the crew can act counter to the wishes of this suicider? Fine the crew.

  • Nemesis xyz

    OK people, start BURNING FICTION BOOKS! Gather up all of the FICTION BOOKS and start a BONFIRE and burn them. People can’t seem to deal with reality because there ‘s just too much fiction out there.

    • GOD

      This is God calling Nemesis, God calling Nemesis.

      Please come back to the factory, we had forgotten to install your brain.

  • Don Loehr

    How can one be “rescued” when he apparently voluntarily jumped? If he “fell” from the ferry, then he would be rescured, but if he jumped then it seems more like a thwarted sucuide attempt or had just decided to join the Polar Bear Club and was “prevented”, but rescued just doesn’t seem to fit this situation.

  • The Good Samaritan

    Why did this guy jump off the boat?

    The Good Samaritan has spoken.

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