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Three Men Rescued from Rip Current at Island Beach State Park

The men, all 19 to 24 years old, were swimming well away from the guarded beaches, officials say

The state Department of Environmental Protection is reminding beachgoers of the importance of swimming only at beaches staffed with lifeguards, after three men were taken to the hospital after they had to be rescued from the ocean at Island Beach State Park early Wednesday afternoon.

The men, all 19 to 24 years old, were on a beach far from the park's approved swimming beaches when one of them swam out too far and caught caught in a rip current, according to Larry Hajna, spokesman for the state Department of Environmental Protection, which oversees the park.

Hajna said the man's three friends tried to help him but they, too, got caught. One was able to get to shore on his own, Hajna said, but lifeguards on jetskis and all-terrain vehicles rescued the other three.

"It occurred at a nonswimming beach," Hajna said, "pretty far from approved swimming beaches."

Hajna said the men were taken to Community Medical Center in Toms River for observation but were all fine.

Beachgoers are reminded to swim only at beaches staffed with lifeguards, and to be alert to notices about rip currents.

GUAYAVITA64 July 06, 2012 at 01:39 PM
YOU RIGHT ABOUT THAT, ALSO THE GUARDS SAW ALL OF US WALKING THERE AND NEVER WARNED US, THIS WAS OUR FIRST AND LAST TIME THERE
GUAYAVITA64 July 06, 2012 at 01:43 PM
TO JEANNIE BLYTHE, WE READ , SPEAK, AND WRITE ENGLISH VERY WELL, JUST IN CASE. THE GUARD OUTSIDE TOLD US IT WAS FINE, SO SAVE YOUR COMMENT PLEASE
Barbara Lynn August 19, 2012 at 03:14 PM
We love Island Beach State Park. Just follow the rules and have fun.
Donna Griffin August 19, 2012 at 03:44 PM
Guay - An "accident" is getting hit by a falling tree. Swimming in unguarded waters is a "choice" to do something that has an inherent risk. My kids are lifeguards at a neighboring beach and you place them in danger when you make a foolish, "careless" and "arrogant" choice. To think that you need to be warned of the dangers of swimming at an unguarded beach makes you appear even more unintelligent than you are. If you are a local as you say you are, you need a lesson in rip currents and humility. Man up and take responsibility for doing something dumb then bow to one knee and thank God the lifeguards were able to pull your sorry behind out of trouble.
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