Lifeguards search for missing swimmer in Wildwood, New Jersey – NBC10 Philadelphia
Authorities are looking for a missing swimmer after rescuing two others in Wildwood, New Jersey.
The NJ State Police Marine Unit and US Coast Guard were called to a beach off East Andrews Avenue on Tuesday afternoon to a report of missing swimmers.
A Coast Guard spokesperson told NBC10 they were able to rescue two people while a third person swam to safety before rescuers arrived. A fourth man, however, is still missing in the water.
Officials said the men were about 200 yards from shore.
The Wildwood Fire Department suspended its search around 6 p.m. Tuesday. The Coast Guard and NJ State Police searched until 8 p.m. Tuesday. They will resume the search Wednesday morning.
No lifeguards are available on the beach during the week, according to Wildwood Fire Department Chief Ernie Troiano III. Troiano warned people never to swim in the water if no lifeguard is available. He also advised anyone caught in a rip current to swim parallel to the ocean, not toward the shore.
“Whether you’re a good swimmer or not, if the beach is unsupervised, don’t go into the ocean,” Troiano said. “You want to get your feet wet? Maybe you want to go up to your knees? That’s it.”