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Oct 12, 2021

Brick Police Officer Rescues Woman from the Metedeconk River

On Saturday, Oct. 9 at 5 pm, Brick Township police officer Ray LaPoint rescued a woman from the Metedeconk River.

At approximately 4:30 pm, a resident, identified as a 69-year old female, went to check on the lines of her boat tied to the dock because of the approaching storm. She lost her footing and fell into the river, police said. The woman attempted to swim along the dock’s pilings to reach the shore, but due to the swift current and the temperature of the water, she quickly grew fatigued and was unable to save herself. At that time, she began calling for help.

Her neighbor, Gene Serpentelli, heard faint calls for help and went outside, shouting, “Where are you?” When he was able to discern the direction from which the calls were coming, he and another person from his household, Natia Chachava, started searching for the woman. They found her struggling in the water near her dock.

The woman told Chachava that there was a life jacket in the boat next to her. Chachava retrieved the life jack and passed it to the woman in distress. To prevent her from being swept away by the current, Chachava held on to one of the straps while Serpentelli called the police.

Officer LaPoint was the first to respond. Upon his arrival, the woman told LaPoint that she was becoming weak and losing her grip. The officer then climbed down to a beam under the dock, grabbed a hold of the woman and pulled her out of the river on to the dock. Brick Police EMTs responded and tended to the woman for an initial assessment of injury and hypothermia. The woman was safe and refused any further medical care.

 The woman, who wished to remain anonymous, stated how grateful and impressed she was with how quickly the police responded, and how officer LaPoint was able to pull her out of the water.