Drownings mar holiday weekend, rip currents still a major concern along Jersey Shore
Beachgoers are urged to exercise caution as a rip current risk persists this Labor Day, following multiple rescues and unfortunate drownings in Ocean and Monmouth Counties.
Three drownings have been confirmed, with a possibility of a fourth pending confirmation, in Monmouth and Ocean Counties. Tragic incidents claimed lives in Seaside Park, Beach Haven, Belmar, and reports indicate the potential drowning of a child at Island Beach State Park, all occurring last evening.
Greg Andrus, who was on the scene and assisted in rescuing several individuals in distress at Island Beach State Park, described it as one of the worst days at the Jersey Shore in decades.
Officials have emphasized the importance of recognizing rip currents, which can be identified from the beach if one knows what to look for.
Mayors and lifeguards in various towns have been appealing to the public to refrain from entering the water when lifeguards are off duty. The ongoing heatwave and staffing shortages have added to their concerns.