NYPD Pulls Off Dramatic Rescue Of Father, Son Stranded On N.J. Jetty

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The NYPD Aviation Unit conducted a dramatic rescue Thursday afternoon, bringing a stranded father and son to safety in Perth Amboy, N.J.

The U.S. Coast Guard responded to a distress call on a rock jetty in the Raritan Bay around 2:30 p.m.  Timothy Shanahan, Sr., 65, and his 22-year-old son, Timothy Shanahan Jr., had gone out fishing and were subsequently stranded for an hour on their boat. They were unable to get to shore due to heavy winds and rough surf.

perth amboy rescue NYPD Pulls Off Dramatic Rescue Of Father, Son Stranded On N.J. Jetty

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Pilot Det. Dennis DeRienzo, co-pilot Det. Erin Nolan, SCUBA divers  Det. Brian Singer and Det. Francis Vitale, along with Officer Matthew O’Donohoe and Officer Gowdat Nagi, departed Floyd Bennett Field and spotted the 26-foot leisure boat.

Detectives Singer and Vitale were deployed from the helicopter’s hoist on to the boat.

The elder Shanahan was lifted to the chopper in a rescue basket and transported to a waiting ambulance. His son, assisted by Singer and Vitale, was able to climb to shore.

Both men were treated and released in good condition. The Coast Guard and the Perth Amboy Police Department’s Marine Unit were working to recover the boat.

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  1. Laurence Harbor's Finest... says:

    SHOULD HAVE WALKED BACK…. THE ROCKS ARE ATTACHED TO THE BEACH… AND RARELY GET COVERED ONLY WITH A FULL MOON… I HAVE LIVED THERE MY ENTIRE LIFE….. WASTE OF TIME.

  2. Bob of Morgan says:

    There are no jettys on that beach where a person who if stranded could not walk back to the beach.. what and who’s bright idea was it to use a helicopter? Wait for low tide and the rocks reappear….. walk back to the beach and make a phone call…. or wait for the rocks to get covered in water at high tide and float back if the boat is not damaged… What a waste of effort.

  3. HarryL says:

    This didn’t happen in Perth Amboy. It was on the jetty of Cheesequake Creek in Laurence Harbor. I was there and there was a Perth Amboy Fire Department boat, but they couldn’t get their boat next to the one on the rocks. Everyone on the beach was amazed by the way the helicopter dropped two men down and then hoisted the guy from the boat. I have to admit we were suprised to see a NYPD helicopter there, but it looked like something in the movies. I got to say those guys hanging out a hundred feet up have some stones.

  4. KPMc says:

    Which municipality or private citizen is now going to reimburse NYC for the time, effort and money spent for the use of its Finest?

    People keep bad mouthing NYC and the NYPD but it wasn’t NJ or the feds that got the job done it was our men and women in blue.

    Keep up the good work guys and gals… some of us appreciate your hard work and know a few bad apples don’t spoil the entire bunch.

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