Two Dead in Swimming Accidents in Sea Isle City

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Two families are grieving this week following the death of two beach goers in connection with swimming accidents in Sea Isle City.

A 74-year-old man, whose name is being withheld until the family is notified, died on Thursday, August 3rd, after he was knocked over by a large wave and held under water on Wednesday.

Police and the Sea Isle Beach Patrol arrived at the 59th Street Beach at around 1:40 p.m. on Wednesday, August 2nd, and with the help of nearby swimmers were able to locate the man and brought him to shore.

He was transported by helicopter to the Atlantic City Medical Center and died the next day.

A similar incident occurred on Monday, July, 31st, at around 2:45 p.m. on the 86th Street Beach.

When police arrived they found lifeguards and samaritans performing CPR on 58-year old Brian Zwaan.

He was transported to Cape Regional Medical Center where he was later pronounced dead.

An autopsy revealed his cause of death was head and neck injuries complicated by drowning.

Both incidents have been ruled accidental.

Also on Thursday, in Atlantic City, crews recovered the body of 31-year-old Jeffrey Wilkens, from Illinois, who had been missing since Tuesday, August 1st, after he entered the ocean near the Steel Pier in A.C. around 8:15 p.m. and never returned.

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