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BARNEGAT LIGHT — Bystanders rescued a man from the ice last week, just one day prior to firefighters practicing ice rescues.

About 10:35 a.m. Jan. 2, Pete Dolan, of the High Bar Harbor section of Long Beach Township, fell 12 feet and through the ice when he lost his footing stepping onto a boat from the pier in Viking Village, Barnegat Light fire Lt. David Michael Voris said Friday.

Many people who were at the pier tending their boats due to the extreme cold helped rescue Dolan from the ice, Voris said.

Firefighters arrived at 10:41 a.m. in survival suits.

“There’s a process we go through before we go into the water,” Voris said. “When we arrived, we were ready to go.”

Dolan suffered facial cuts and deep rib bruises, Voris said. He was taken to Southern Ocean Medical Center to be treated for nonlife-threatening injuries.

Members of the Barnegat Light Fire Department practiced water and ice rescue drills Jan. 3.

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