LIVINGSTON, NJ — Emergency personnel from the Livingston Fire Department, East Hanover Fire Department, East Hanover Police Department and East Hanover First Aid Squad assisted in the rescue of a 16-year-old female from the Passaic River at the border of Livingston and East Hanover on Tuesday morning, according to Livingston police.
The Livingston Police Department received a call from a medical office on Regent Street reporting that a 16-year-old female patient in crisis had fled the facility on foot. According to police, staff members from the medical office followed the patient and notified police that she was approaching the Passaic River.
The juvenile patient made her way to the river behind 630 West Mt. Pleasant Avenue, entered the water and began to swim upstream. The current of the river and frigid temperature of the water quickly took effect on the teen, police said.
Emergency personnel from both jurisdictions set up rescue operations on both shores of the river. According to police, boats were used to rescue the victim and bring her back to shore, where she was turned over to EMS/paramedics for treatment.
The patient was transported to Saint Barnabas Medical Center for treatment.