Belmar, NJ

Belmar Drowning After Rescue Attempt on Jetty

Bridget Mulroy

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New Jersey's jetties are designed to break tides to make beaches safe for swimmers, they are not intended for swimming.(Michelle Spollen/Unsplash)

Events took a horrible turn for a group of friends swimming on the jetty between the 8th and 9th Avenue beaches of Belmar, New Jersey.

MidJersey.News (MJN) records a distress call at about 12:30 pm on Monday. When first responders arrived on the scene, people on the beach were attempting to help with the rescue situation to no avail.

First responders successfully pulled the distressed swimmer from the water and ensured transport to Jersey Shore University Medical Center.

The rest of the group was brought back to the beach when they realized one of their friends was unaccounted for.

The search expanded, and less than an hour later, a male victim was recovered from the ocean. The body was taken from the beach in an ambulance to Jersey Shore University Medical Center and was pronounced dead.

According to New Jersey 101.5, “There was a low risk of rip currents on Monday with winds of 8-16 mph gusting to 18. Wave heights were 1-3 feet.”

Rip currents are no new occurrence, and swimming on the jetties has always been discouraged. Regardless, stronger and consistently intense rip currents have been observed this season. 

Due to the increase in tide strength, Weather.gov has been monitoring the currents more closely this year than ever before.

Additionally, 101.5 mentioned this incident adding to the climbing number of drownings this season, specifically in the Wildwoods. A week earlier, Wildwood Police reported the recovery of a 45-year-old victim from Hillsdale, New Jersey.

MJN reports “The Belmar Police Department, Belmar Lifeguards, Belmar Water Rescue Team Belmar EMS, Neptune Answer Team, Neptune Drone Unit and Marine Unit, Manasquan Fire Department Marine Unit, Sea Girt Lifeguards, Monmouth County Fire Marshal Office, New Jersey State Police, and U.S. Coast Guard” all being involved in this investigation, which is still ongoing.

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