2021 Sea Bright Ocean Rescue
2021 Sea Bright Ocean Rescue
Matt Letizia is a board-certified attending emergency physician that lives in Sea Bright. The 2020 season was Matt's first year on the beach and and we couldn't have been more stoked to have a front-line emergency physician in the mix. Dr. Letizia was voted as NJ's EMS physician of the year in 2018 and leads several other EMS programs in central NJ. However, there's no place like home and Dr Letizia is focused on taking our EMT program to the next level officially accepting appointment as the patrol's permanent medical director. Under the good doctor's guidance our EMT's and rescue team personnel will become even more proficiant in life threat intervention and airway management using tools like CPAP, and PEEP for respiratory emergencies and drowning resuscitation, passive high-flow oxygenation with high-quality CPR and lightening quick AED deployment for critical drowning cases. Thanks to Dr Letizia we have become a legitimate part of the NJ state EMS system and in the near future our lifeguard EMT's will be carrying medications like, narcan for drug overdoses, epinephrine and bronchodilators for anaphylaxis as well as aspirin and nitroglcerine for heart attacks. If you see Dr Letizia on patrol with our rescue team on the weekends, reach out, say hello, and meet our town's very first lifeguard medical director.
The primary mission of Sea Bright Ocean Rescue is to protect the public and prevent drowning by providing a nationally accredited beach safety program utilizing exemplary modern lifeguarding techniques and water rescue procedures.
This summary covers the entire 2020 lifeguard season with 131 days of lifeguard and Fall-Patrol services covering two municipal public oceanfront beaches, one private contracted oceanfront beach, and two municipal public riverfront beaches.
1. Fatal Drownings (guarded and unguarded) 0
2. Preventative Actions 9,073
3. Water Rescue & Assists 221
4. Major Medical Aid (EMS) 40
5. Minor Medical 1st Aid 91
6. Missing Person (found) 38
7. Surf Rescue Team ARRT Activation 85
8. RWC Water Rescues: 20
9. Vessel Boat Assists: 9
10. Water Rescue (mutual aid) 3
With a daily crew of 2-4 roving lifeguard supervisors, 12 ocean lifeguards as well as additional ocean rescue specialists assigned to our dedicated technical water rescue team, SBOR provides protection for two public beach areas within the boro and responds to 2.5 miles of unguarded public beach. We have an additional team of ocean lifeguards protecting one private beach in Sea Bright as part of a municipal private partnership safety contract.
Sea Bright's "river crew" lifeguards oversee aquatic safety at two public river front beaches in the borough of the Highlands as part of a municipal shared services agreement.
After-hours our USLA certified (ARRT) Surf Rescue Team 43-88 responds throughout the boro alongside Sea Bright Fire Rescue and provides mutual aid for water rescues and critical medical emergencies within Sandy Hook National Park and for surrounding town's such as the Highlands, Little Silver, and Rumson. Our rescue team is sometimes called to neighboring boros to assist in the search and recovery of missing swimmers who are presumed drowned, otherwise known as a Code-X.
Inflatable rescue boat (IRB) operations will be added to the Aquatic Rescue Response Team's cache of skills for 2021 . The Arancia is a 14-foot inflatable rigid hull boat made by INMAR and she is powered by a 25-hp Susuki outboard motor. Arancia is on permananent loan from Sea Bright Fire Rescue and will be used primarily for river rescue operations. We are excited to be adding this new tool to our arsenal of motorized water craft. Fun fact: The name Arancia comes from the Italian word for orange and there is little doubt that this little orange boat will save lives in the foreseeable future.
Drowning Guarded Area: 0
Drowning Unguarded Area : 1
Preventative Actions : 25,628
Minor Medical Aid: 480
Major Medical Aid: 188
Missing Persons Found: 136
Boat Vessel Assist: 22
Mutual Aid Code-X: 7
Surf Rescue Team Response : 85
Preventative Actions : 384
Major Medical Aid: 41
Boat Vessel Assist: 9
Mutual Aid Code-X: 1
RWC Responses : 18
Preventative Actions : 140
Boat Vessel Assist: 9
Equipment and Resources
Number of RWC's: 3
Number of engine hours per RWC: 26
Number of RWC Operator Hours (per operator) 24
Information about Sea Bright's lifeguard services as well as reactive rescue and medical response capabilities.
Sea Bright's multi-departmental 24 hour ARRT aquatic rescue response team specializing in high surf rescue, rapid underwater search and rescue medical aid/evacuation, and drowning resuscitation.
2020 Job Announcement for Rookie Ocean Lifeguard and River Safety Lifeguard.
Learn more about our lifeguard training and certification program.
The Sea Bright Junior Lifeguard program is truly a drowning prevention program and its the pride of our agency. In 2020 we had well over 250 registered JG's that participated in our water safety and drowning prevention courses.
Click on the button below to learn about our small crew competition team led by Lt. Andrew Rooney and Lt.. Ryan Dunigan
2020 RWC Rescue Team Challenge Information
Beach warning flag system and vital water safety information.