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Near Misses
Incidents that could have resulted in a fatality, but did not.

July 14, 2009
Teen Hurt in Quarry Accident

A Middle Township teenager was hurt Saturday afternoon in a freshwater pond at the gravel pits in Rio Grande, police said.

The 14-year-old boy was taken to Cape Regional Medical Center and airlifted to Cooper Hospital University in Camden.

Police said he may have suffered a neck injury while swimming at the pond.

Police said they received a 911 call "from a frantic juvenile" at about 5 p.m. Saturday. There are several ponds off dirt roads at the gravel operation, and first responders had difficulty finding the exact pond. A medical helicopter was called but had to abort the mission due to mechanical difficulties.

When police, fire and first aid responders arrived, the teenager was being assisted in the water by his friends, who had been swimming with him. He was semi-conscious. Several juveniles at the scene performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation on him while he was still in the water.

Police said the rescue was more difficult due to a 10-foot cliff at the water's edge. Rescue workers were able to stabilize him in the water, secure him to a stretcher and carry him over the cliff.

Donohue says freshwater ponds are unprotected and sometimes present hazards that can injure swimmers. Their locations also make it difficult for help to arrive in an emergency.

Source: Press of Atlantic City