Fisherman dies after fall from boat

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SCHELLENGER’S LANDING — A fisherman reportedly died after falling from a fishing boat docked near the Lobster House Restaurant.
Cape May Fire Chief Jerry Inderwies Jr. confirmed they received a 911 call on Saturday, April 19, at 8:49 p.m.

“Yes, we responded to report of man in the water at the Lobster House dock,” he said.

Inderwies said a male subject was pulled from the water and lifesaving measures were performed on the victim. He said the man was transferred to the Lower Township Rescue Squad and transported to Cape Regional Medical Center, but his condition was unknown.

Inderwies said the Town Bank Fire Company, Cape May Fire and Rescue and Coast Guard Fire and Rescue responded to the call.

No other information on the victim or the incident was immediately available. Spokesmen for the Lower Township Police Department and New Jersey State Police said neither of those agencies was conducting an investigation. The U.S. Coast Guard initially said via a spokesman in their Public Affairs office that the Coast Guard was not investigating the incident.

On Wednesday morning, Petty Officer Nick Ameen said the matter was initially referred to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) as a workplace incident.

“The boat was not underway at the time, it was docked at a pier,” Ameen said. 

Ameen said Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay just decided to open an investigation on Wednesday morning.

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