Group of North Jersey women rescued from Cedar Creek in Berkeley Township
Six women from Wayne are safe after being rescued from Cedar Creek in Berkeley Township Tuesday afternoon, according to authorities.
The women were paddling down the creek shortly after launching at Double Trouble State Park when the rough and fast-moving current, from recent flooding, caused their single-person kayaks and a two-person canoe to capsize around 12:15 p.m., said Berkeley Police Chief Karin DiMichele in a news release on the Department's Facebook page.
All of the women were able to cling to branches along various parts of the creek and one of them was able to use her cell phone to call 911 for help, according to DiMchele.
A police officer who initially responded was able to locate two of the women while walking along the creek, closest to White Bridge. A Command Post was set up to coordinate rescue efforts with Berkeley Fire Stations 17, 18 and 20.
Crews used kayaks and an inflatable Zodiac Boat to rescue the victims, between the ages of 18 and 20, according to DiMichele. All of them were treated at the scene. Only one kayak was recovered.
Also aiding in the rescue were fire companies from Bayville, Manitou and Pinewald, as well as a first-aid until from Bayville, State Park Police, state Forest Fire Service personnel, Ocean County Fire Coordinators, and sheriff's officers.