published Friday, June 28th, 2013

Cleveland TN woman ticketed for swimming in New Jersey


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A Tennessee woman was issued a summons after she had to be rescued while trying to swim in a dangerous inlet while traveling in New Jersey.

An official says 23-year-old Amy Sartor of Cleveland, Tenn., tried to swim across the Manasquan Inlet from Point Pleasant Beach on Thursday night.

When the current became very strong, Sartor told the Times Free Press that a friend of hers panicked and called authorities to have her rescued.

"I didn't HAVE to be rescued, I was perfectly fine," Sartor wrote in a Facebook message.

Police Detective Clint Daniel tells the Asbury Park Press Sartor was 50 yards off the jetty when she was first spotted and 200 yards by the time Coast Guard rescuers reached her.

Sartor was issued a ticket for violating a borough ordinance of misbehavior. The ticket carries a fine of $200 to $500.

Sartor said there were no signs or warnings against swimming where she did and that she plans to fight the ticket in court.

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