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[/caption]It’s a fun time on the coast in South Jersey – but it’s also a dangerous time.
Riptides are often an invisible hazard in the ocean.
Just recently a second person drowned off the beach in Cape May County.
It is now learned that Stone Harbor firefighters rescued three people caught in the riptides at 96th Street and Stone Harbor Beach.
Officials with the Stone Harbor Volunteer Fire Company #1 says several of its members responded to a report around 6 p.m. Monday of 3 people in distress, caught in eddies. Here is what happened :
“Firefighter Liam Mason and Firefighter Eric Staeger entered the water as swimmers with Stone Harbor Police officers. Marine 13 deployed with Firefighter Michael Gihorski and Firefighter Travis Cooper. Swimmers made contact with the casualties and conducted initial assessments. Marine 13 arrived at the casualties, and the wave runner crew made 3 trips to bring the casualties and swimmers ashore. When Marine 13 returned to the beach, the crew transferred casualties to ambulance team.One casualty was treated by Avalon EMS.
Firefighters say there was a similar shutdown exactly a week earlier, at the same location. They warn people to swim only during lifeguard opening hours and to be aware of dangerous riptides.
SOURCE: Stone Harbor Volunteer Fire Company #1