Children hanging from a drain pipe rescued from the rough ocean in Atlantic City
At least seven children were rescued from the rough ocean waters off Atlantic City this week in two separate incidents by a combination of Good Samaritans, police, a firefighter and rescuers on leave, said the authorities.
The last rescue was at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday when three Philadelphia siblings – an 11-year-old girl, a 9-year-old girl and an 8-year-old boy – were in the ocean and began to struggle, said the police.
A man who was also on the beach at Virginia Avenue, Stephen Moore of Clark Summit, Pa., Went to help, but police said he and the three children got stuck on an outlet pipe as the foursome had been pounded by the waves.
Two police officers – Ramir Hayes and Brian Victoria-Garcia – arrived, heard Moore calling for help and ran into the water, police said. Victoria-Garcia stayed on the pipe to help Moore as Hayes hoisted the 11-year-old onto her back and led her to the ground. Hayes then returned to pick up the 9-year-old and transported her to safety.
Meanwhile, Atlantic City Beach Patrol Chief Steve Downey, Lifeguard Brian Cain and Atlantic City Firefighter BJ Hamilton were on leave to perform maintenance at a nearby rescue station when they rushed to the beach. Police say they joined Constable Scott Crawford and the four helped save the 8-year-old boy and Moore, the Good Samaritan, from driving.
The three children, three police officers and Moore were treated at a local hospital for cuts and scrapes sustained while clinging to the pipe, Atlantic City Police Lt. Kevin Fair said.
The children were at the beach with their mother, Fair said.
Three days earlier, Dijon Brooks and two other Good Samaritans rushed into the ocean to remove at least four troubled children from the ocean off Dr Martin Luther King Boulevard around 5 p.m., police said. The children were already out of the water when the police arrived.
Fair said police received conflicting reports from witnesses about the number of children in the ocean – between four and seven.
A girl was taken to hospital for screening, police said. This group of children was not accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Lifeguards will begin patrolling the beaches on May 29 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Police will remind bathers not to swim when the beach patrol is not on duty.
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