VIDEO: New Jersey Beach Control Groups Rescues Nearly 10 People Over the Weekend
CAPE MAY - In Cape May County, nearly ten people were rescued from the water over the weekend, while lifeguards were off duty. On Sunday, around 7 p.m., members of the Wildwood Beach Patrol were called to Garfield Street and the beach after receiving 911 calls for three people who appeared to be struggling in the water. Once arriving on the scene, Patrol Officers were able to rescue all three swimmers, with one needed to be airlifted to a nearby hospital. A similar incident occurred on Saturday around 8:20 p.m., when the North Wildwood Fire Department arrived to the 15th Avenue Beach and found 6 people struggling to make it ashore. Once they arrived, officials learned that four people were initially struggling in the water when two good samaritans on boogie boards paddled out to try and rescue them before getting caught in a rip current themselves. The city's police department, beach patrol, and other authorities on hand were able to rescue all six people, but urge swimmers to stay out of the water while lifeguards are off duty.