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Rip current danger not enough to keep New Jerseyans away from Jersey Shore during heat wave

The so-called “local summer” is in full swing, despite the fact that many beaches will only have a limited lifeguard staff.

Matt Trapani and Eliecer Marte

Sep 7, 2023, 2:24 AM

Updated 290 days ago

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Strong rip currents were not enough to deter beachgoers from heading to the Jersey Shore on Wednesday to beat the extreme heat – even after multiple drownings over the weekend.
The so-called “local summer” is in full swing, despite the fact that many beaches will only have a limited lifeguard staff.
There were even reports of a swimmer being pulled from the water in Long Branch on Wednesday. News 12 New Jersey was there as rescue crews raced to the beach in Seaside Park to help two people struggling in the water Wednesday evening. Those swimmers luckily made it out on their own.
Lifeguard officials are warning beachgoers to use caution at the shore for the rest of the season.
“If you get stuck in rip current right now, there is a good possibility you are not coming out of it and there is going to be another death,” says Seaside Heights Assistant Fire Chief Tim Farrell.
Wednesday afternoon’s rescues came just a few hours after the body of 31-year-old Wilmer Chavez was recovered from the water off the coast of Seaside Park. He drowned Sunday during the Labor Day weekend getaway.
Officials say the best way to prevent any tragedy is by not getting in the water. However, if you do happen to get caught in a rip current, experts say the first step to take is to flip to your back and float.
More safety information can be found HERE.


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