NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — A person riding a jet ski ran up against mechanical problems on Friday on the Raritan River in New Brunswick, according to a city official.
The call came in during the evening of April 28 for a potential water rescue, city spokesperson Jennifer Bradshaw told TAPinto New Brunswick. But when the fire department approached the scene, responders concluded that it was not an emergency situation.
The jet skier encountered a problem with the device and became stranded in the river, near the River Dorms—Campbell, Frelinghuysen and Hardenbergh—at Rutgers University, Bradshaw said.
The water proved too shallow for the rider to restart the jet ski, she said.
New Brunswick firefighters then helped the rider to the Edison boat dock.
While the Raritan River has been polluted for years, that hasn’t stopped many people from hitting the water. Rutgers’ crew team, for instance, keeps a boathouse on the river. And during the warmer months, passersby on Route 18 can see jet skiers zooming past.