Death of teenage lifeguard off New Jersey shore beach prompts concern about surfboats

Cape May officials are re-examining the use of surfboats following the death of a teenage lifeguard earlier this month in an accident off a New Jersey shore beach.

News 12 Staff

Aug 30, 2021, 12:29 PM

Updated 960 days ago

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Death of teenage lifeguard off New Jersey shore beach prompts concern about surfboats
Cape May officials are re-examining the use of surfboats following the death of a teenage lifeguard earlier this month in an accident off a New Jersey shore beach.
Officials say 16-year-old Norman Inferrera III was rowing one of the boats Aug. 19 when it was broadsided by a wave and flipped over.
Reports say Cape May lifeguards won't train or use the boats for the rest of the year amid a re-examination of their role.
Some have suggested surfboats are from another era, superseded by rescue surfboards and personal watercraft, but veteran lifeguards say they still serve a vital role.

AP wire services helped contribute to this report.


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