NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — City firefighters responded to a report last weekend of a jet skier stranded on the Raritan River, according to a New Brunswick official.
TAPinto New Brunswick received an alert around 4:10 p.m. Sunday, May 21, regarding the incident.
When New Brunswick firefighters hit the water, they found the jet skier near Middlesex County’s Johnson Park, city spokesperson Jennifer Bradshaw said. Emergency responders soon learned the person was actually in Highland Park, she said.
The jet skier was waiting for a tow when firefighters arrived.
No one was injured, Bradshaw said.
The incident comes less than a month after another jet skier got stuck on the Raritan, near Rutgers University’s River Dorms. New Brunswick firefighters also responded to that call, bringing the jet skier to the Edison boat dock.
After mechanical problems caused that vehicle to shut down, the water proved too shallow for the rider to restart the jet ski, officials said.
Upstream from New Brunswick, the Raritan becomes too shallow for any motorboat to safely operate, according to an analysis by Rutgers.
A National Park Service registry of historic places also notes that portions of the river east and west of New Brunswick sometimes became shallow enough to be crossed on foot. That was true until at least 1997, when the document was produced.
What caused the jet skier to become stalled last weekend wasn’t immediately clear.