Children rescued from Atlantic City beaches 3 times in a week – NBC10 Philadelphia
Police are warning bathers of the dangers of swimming without lifeguards on duty after children were rescued in three different incidents on Atlantic City beaches in a week.
At 5 p.m. on Saturday, police responded to the beach on Dr. Martin Luther King Boulevard for reporting that several children in the ocean needed help. Before the police arrived, a Good Samaritan named Dijon Brooks entered the water and rescued a 4-year-old girl. The girl was taken to the hospital and assessed. Two other Good Samaritans also rescued children from the water but were not identified.
At 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, police responded at the Virginia Avenue beach to a report of three children in the water. A Good Samaritan, Stephen Moore, of Clark Summit, Pa., Took to the water to help two girls, 11 and 9, and an 8-year-old boy. Officers Ramir Hayes and Brian Victoria-Garcia arrived and heard Moore call for help. Moore and the kids were stranded on a wastewater drainpipe as the waves crashed.
Officers rushed to help and noticed that Moore and the children were injured.
Constable Victoria-Garcia remained on the pipe to help Moore while Constable Hayes grabbed the 11-year-old girl, put her on her back and carried her to shore. Hayes then returned to the water and took the 9-year-old to safety.
Atlantic City Beach Patrol Chief Steve Downey, Brian Cain, a lifeguard, and Atlantic City firefighter BJ Hamilton were all on leave to perform maintenance at a nearby lifeguard station when they arrived at the beach. They then helped Agent Scott Crawford save the 8-year-old boy and Moore from the drain.
The three children, three officers and Moore were all taken to hospital and treated for cuts and lacerations from waves crashing into them while they were on the pipe.
A third rescue also took place Thursday on the beach at Virginia Avenue.
“There are only a limited number of warnings we can make and we just respond when called,” Chief Downey told NBC10.
While emergency response teams will be on hand to respond to emergencies, the Atlantic City Beach Patrol will not begin patrolling the beaches until Saturday, May 29, between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.
“Obviously we understand that due to weather conditions and lifting restrictions we’re going to be a lot busier than usual at this time of year,” said Chief Downey. “The last two weeks, with beautiful weather, have been the most crowded we have seen at this time of year.”
If you plan to visit the Jersey Shore, especially this weekend, be sure to swim near a lifeguard station.
Beware of rip currents that quickly pull you away from the coast into deeper water. If you get caught in a rip current, the best way to escape is to swim parallel to the coast. Once you are out of the current it is safe to return to shore.