NEPTUNE TOWNSHIP, New Jersey, October 19. A potentially tragic situation was averted with a serendipitous coaching decision at the Neptune Aquatic Center in New Jersey. Prior to the Make Some Noise 4 Kids meet hosted by the Monmouth Barracudas at the center, an air handler crashed from the roof into the bleachers.
According to a source close to the situation, Monmouth head coach Paul Buerck luckily made a decision just this morning not to use those particular bleachers, even though they are typically used for meets and practices. The air handler, said to be nearly the length of a short course pool, crashed into the bleachers with part of the handler rolling into the pool after rolling from the bleachers.
There is little doubt that serious injury or worse was avoided due to the serendipitous decision of Buerck to not use those bleachers this morning.
The Neptune Aquatic Center is currently closed with a recording stating that it is closed due to an HVAC failure. Additionally, a recording at Buerck’s office states that the meet for today has been canceled due to the air handler collapsing on the side of the pool deck.