Video: NJ troopers rescue boy stranded in frigid marsh

The 14-year-old was trapped in waist-deep water and was showing signs of hypothermia, police said


By Noah Cohen
nj.com

SALEM COUNTY, N.J. — A trio of New Jersey State Police troopers rescued a 14-year-old boy who was trapped in waist-deep water at a Salem County marsh and showing symptoms of hypothermia, the agency said Tuesday.

The rescue unfolded Sunday around 11:30 p.m. when State Police Sgt. Carl Scowcroft, Trooper Matthew Hess and Trooper Thomas Rheault found the boy stuck in the frigid water near Sawmill Road in Alloway Township after the teen ran away from home, according to police.

“When troopers arrived to the area, they entered the water and discovered the trapped boy, who was breathing slowly and was unresponsive,” State Police said in a statement.

Faced with the bitter cold, Scowcroft decided he needed to act fast to save the boy and headed through the mud to reach the child, authorities said. Hess and Rheault kept their flashlights on the boy as the sergeant carried him toward the shoreline.

“At the time of the rescue, the victim exhibited signs of hypothermia,” according to the statement.

Alloway Township Fire Rescue crews soon went into the water to join in the rescue while Hess and Rheault secured the teen to a backboard and carried him up an embankment.

State Police released body camera footage showing the rescue operation. Authorities said the boy was taken to an area hospital and expected to recover.

 
State Troopers Rescue Teen Stranded in Frigid Marsh

State Troopers Rescue Teen Stranded in Frigid Marsh Three New Jersey State Troopers rescued a 14-year-old boy who was stuck waist deep in frigid water in a marsh in Alloway Township, Salem County. On Sunday, February 21, at approximately 11:28 p.m., Sergeant Carl Scowcroft, Trooper Matthew Hess, and Trooper Thomas Rheault were dispatched to the report of a 14-year-old boy who ran away from his residence and got stuck in a marsh near Sawmill Road. When troopers arrived to the area, they entered the water and discovered the trapped boy, who was breathing slowly and was unresponsive. Due to the frigid temperature of the water, Sgt. Scowcroft made a determination that he needed to take immediate action to save the boy’s life, so he quickly made his way through the mud as Troopers Hess and Rheault kept their flashlights trained on the victim. Sgt. Scowcroft pulled the boy out of the marsh and began to carry him towards the shoreline. At the time of the rescue, the victim exhibited signs of hypothermia. A short time later, members of the Alloway Township Fire Rescue arrived and entered the water to assist. Troopers Rheault and Hess then secured the boy to a backboard and carried him up the embankment. Alloway Township EMS evaluated the victim and transported him to Salem Memorial Hospital where he was expected to make a full recovery. Check out this video clip of the rescue.

Posted by New Jersey State Police on Tuesday, February 23, 2021

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