Swimmers Rescued From Rip Currents At Area Beaches

Rip current warning issued by the National Weather Service

Swimmers venturing into an ocean wrought with heavy rip currents are keeping rescue workers busy this afternoon.

So far, four rescues have taken place, two in Seaside Heights, one in Seaside Park and another in Surf City, according to scanner reports from the Breaking News Network.

The National Weather Service issued a warning of a high rip current risk in effect through this evening. Surf height is expected to range between three and five feet.

Patch is awaiting more information on the following incidents:

  • The Surf City rescue apparently took place at the 8th Street beach where an attempted resucer of the first also needed aid. The incident took place at about 12:45 p.m.
  • An hour later, a swimmer was reported in distress at the Grant Avenue beach in Seaside Heights.
  • Minutes later a water rescue was reportedly taking place at the Brighton Avenue beach in Seaside Park.
  • At the same time, at the Sumner Avenue beach in Seaside Heights, rescue workers were attending to another rescued swimmer.



Bill Storm, September 16, 2012 at 07:31 PM
swimmers that have to be rescued should be charged for the cost of the rescue, including manpower. Then they should be summoned for disregarding the warnings. Maybe this will wake these idiots up. If a rescue person is killed while performing the rescue they should be charged with manslauter for being stupid.
Keeping whats mine September 16, 2012 at 09:01 PM
Swimming in rip currents is bad for you. People just don't listen time after time. We start to feel NOTHING for them when they drown because of their own stupidity.
i don't get it?? September 16, 2012 at 09:44 PM
Was on the beach in SSP today...WAY MORE than 1 rescue...and they were small children...parents should be fined...ridiculous!!
chattsworth September 16, 2012 at 10:11 PM
most people dont know what a rip current looks like. I got stuck in one a few years ago trying to save two kids who got sucked out in the same wave and I'm a strong swimmer who knows what to do. The kids were saved and I and another adult had to be pulled out. It happens.
Bill Storm, September 16, 2012 at 10:35 PM
If you don't know how to spot a rip current, you shouldn't be in the ocean. Not trying to be a wise ass, but there are signs posted on beaches along the coast, from Maine to Florida. There are pictures in newspapers, on TV, weather web sites, many internet sites and if not sure check with the life guard. At the top of this article is a picture of a rip tide.
tmango September 16, 2012 at 11:53 PM
I personally saved a young boy today in Ortley Beach today. I am an experienced surfer and used to life guard when I was younger... Very dangerous surf today, one minute calm as can be and the next minute huge waves and with it come rips....
i don't get it?? September 17, 2012 at 12:28 AM
Ok...here's the thing...multiple rescues on a beach, usually means the water should NOT be an option for you & your children...strangers, risking their own lives to save your family from something that could have been avoided...and ya know something, NOBODY WHO HAD THEIR KIDS PULLED FROM THE WATER SAID THANK YOU...good to know that, again STRANGERS, risked their own safety to prevent you from suffering a tragedy... 2 words...THANK YOU!! ...they go a long way.
Donna Griffin September 17, 2012 at 12:47 AM
Bill - Those are the operative words - "check with the life guard." If the guards are not on their stands, do not go in beyond your ankles....especially after the season is over.
tmango September 17, 2012 at 10:40 AM
That was no true in my case... I had to stop the women of the boy I saved as there is nothing worse than saving one than two. Thank God she listened to me as I was in the water for a good 40 minutes before I was able to get him in. I had to first swim parallel to the beach (out of the rip) before I was able to start bringing him in. When I did get to the beach, the mother was crying and could not thank me enough for saving her sons life...
jonh Surfer September 17, 2012 at 09:12 PM
Yesterday (sunday) I witnessed the rescue of a brazilian guy called Rubens who was apparently drunk swimming far from the beach. One of his friends was trying to help but he had no experience and they looked like they were desperate. A big show toke place when the cops, fireman and ambulances came in. There was a lot of magazines and tv because of a surf contest happening at Belmar and all the flashes turned to them. Hope that this episode is going to help to teach those idiots a lesson...dont drink and swim! ..gotta be carefull guys!


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