Drowning woman rescued from ocean by Atlantic City police, firefighter
Two Atlantic City police officers and a firefighter rescued a Trenton woman who was being pulled underwater near a jetty Saturday evening.
When Atlantic City police officers Patrick Finegan and Kevin Dever arrived at the 500-block of Boardwalk at 7:27 p.m., they found Tai'ay Conn struggled to stay afloat in the rough surf, according to a statement by the Atlantic City Police Department.
Police say Acting Battalion Chief Kurt Marrone, of the Atlantic City Fire Department arrived before the officers and was the first to enter the water. He was quickly joined by Finegan, who removed his duty belt and handed it to a fellow officer before jumping into the water to assist with the rescue.
As the rescue workers struggled to pull the victim to safety, police said, the battalion chief found himself being slammed against the jetty by persistent waves, and was having difficulty pulling himself back onto land. He was eventually pulled to safety by Officer Finegan, according to police. Authorities say two bystanders, who also entered the water to assist with the rescue, were having problems getting back out.
"Finegan was also able to assist two other individuals out of the water who were trying to help the first responders when they slipped off the rocks into the ocean," police said in a statement.
Finally, police say Finegan pulled Conn to safety, sustaining cuts to his hands and arms. Both the officer and the victims declined medical assistance, according to police.
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