NORMANDY BEACH - As New Jersey reflects on the lessons learned during Hurricane Sandy, News 12 New Jersey shares one Normandy Beach resident’s experience with emergency workers.
In a 911 call obtained exclusively by News 12 New Jersey, a daughter panicked after briefly speaking with her 60-year-old mother in Normandy Beach before her mother's cellphone cut out. Homes were crumbling all around the woman as the powerful surf tore through the barrier island, and some houses washed away.
Nearby Camp Osborn was burning and the ocean had also met the Barnegat Bay in Mantoloking. Rescue workers who went through great means to save lives say they faced a major obstacle reaching Normandy Beach because a house collapsed and blocked the bridge people needed to cross in order to evacuate.
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There were so many 911 calls in Normandy Beach during Sandy that police say they don't specifically remember this rescue, but they say that everyone in the area survived. People were rescued by boat and Army trucks.